The BN candidate who contested in Lumut was Kong Cho Ha aka Donkey Kong – a nickname given the then MCA sec-gen by The J-Star reporters.
BN won Perak in GE13 but lost the Lumut Parliament seat, obtaining only 44 percent of the votes cast (see pie chart below).
Lumut was ceded to PKR whose candidate snagged a handsome majority of 8,168 votes.
Lumut is a Malay-majority seat (51.3 percent).
BN had held Lumut in 2008, 2004 and 1999. But Pakatan managed to snatch away Lumut in 2013.
It’s not surprising that the ruling party lost some of its traditional seats during the last election. After all, they lost the popular vote.
This is retired First Admiral Mohamad Imran Abdul Hamid. He is the current MP for Lumut.
The most prominent feature of Lumut is our royal Malaysian navy base located there. The epaulet below shows Mohamad Imran’s rank of First Admiral before he retired from TLDM. It’s equivalent to Brigadier General in the army.
Malaysian navy men serve in ships, like this one – KD Kasturi.
Like their army counterparts, the navy boys practise shooting.
The navy women wear pants and undergo combat training.
This is the Lumut naval base. You can see the motto “Sedia Berkorban” on the building in Markas Armada.
This is the TLDM emblem. “Sedia Berkorban” is the motto of the Malaysian navy.
There has been some really nasty ad hominems flung at the Lumut MP, retired First Admiral Mohamad Imran, by the Umno apparatchiks in blogosphere.
Imran had said:
“Bukan kita kata tidak boleh (cara pengurusan mangsa MH17) tetapi kita lihat macam terlebih-lebih tindakan kerajaan meraikan mangsa MH17.
“Bukan kita tidak bersimpati, tapi kenapa sampai begitu sekali.” – ‘MH17: Pembangkang tak sensitif, pertikai istiadat terima jenazah‘ (mStar, 23 Aug 2014)
Najib’s macai-macai are out of line
The treatment of Imran by Najib’s boys blindly defending their boss is like the treatment previously meted out to the Tun by Sleepy Dollah’s Fourth Floor Boys when the ex-premier began criticizing Abdullah Badawi. And we know Dollah’s fate and the 2008 election results, don’t we?
Tun’s most recent complaint and “menarik balik sokongan” from the PM is essentially due to the Najib administration’s attitude problem.
Umno is showing its arrogance again and again … memang pantang ditegur. Bagi nasihat kepada Umno itu ibarat mencurah air ke atas daun keladi.
BELOW: YB Imran looks half navy man, half Pak Haji
In Parliament, the Yang Berhormats are not referred to by their personal names by but the constituency they represent, e.g. Kinabatangan, Kota Belud, Lembah Pantai, Seputeh, Gombak, etc.
The thing to remember is this. BN lost Lumut. Kalah. Tersungkur dan patut pun.
YB Imran is the current Member of Parliament for Lumut. He represents Lumut – Malaysia’s naval town.
This is something good for the Umno macai-macai to remember when they shoot off their mouth at him. They’ve gone overboard in their rude insults against the retired admiral, and it is just the syndrome that Tun has described in his teguran.
“Saya menegur kerana saya berpendapat pemimpin yang tidak ditegur akan percaya segala-gala yang dilakukan oleh mereka baik-baik belaka. Hanya apabila ditegur sahaja barulah pemimpin akan sedar akan kesalahan dan mungkin akan memperbetulkannya.”
The naked Emperor is assured by his courtiers that he’s beloved by the people
The ‘I-just-wanna-be loved’ PM
First Admiral Imran (Rtd) is correct to tegur about the “full military honours” accorded in yesterday’s MH17 programme.
Najib is the one at fault for milking the populist sentiment. What is popular need not be what is right although populism is the easiest route to take.
The ceremony yesterday was a case of pandering by the government.
What Najib has been doing is far from “baik-baik belaka”. Some of the things he has been doing are actually bordering on giler.
One example is his Ah Jib Gor moniker. Can you imagine if I were to call my boss “dude”.
Najib is allowing all boundaries to be breached. YB Lumut was only attempting to preserve the distinction between military and civilian, and thus the value of military honours that Najib pawned yesterday in the PM’s quest for popularity.
Other things that the PM has done to make himself popular have backfired, such as abolishing ISA, setting up the NUCC, TalentCorp, and even trying to appoint Ustaz Kazim Elias to the Umno supreme council only to have the offer – embarrassingly to Umno – rejected.
9 May 1969: The funeral procession for Lim Soon Seng (the Teoh Beng Hock of his time) through the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
10 May 1969: The general election was held in the peninsula. The Alliance lost the popular vote.
Populism when sentiments are high
It is all too easy to appeal to excessive emotions. It takes a level head to follow a sensible course of action.
Yesterday Najib Razak demonstrated that he is quite willing to bend the Angkatan Tentera Malaysia’s established protocol just to score himself a few popularity points based on emotionalism.
If Najib wants to play the game of appealing to emotions, so can the opposition and they can do it better. Imagine what will happen when the whole political landscape of Malaysia is down to the raw appeal to emotions.
Talking about exploiting funerals, does Najib realise how intensely the Chinese hate Umno over Teoh Beng Hock’s demise because the DAP has exploited his tragic death to the max?
Teoh Beng Hock’s funeral
Blood on the government’s hand