Glad tidings! The election strategy of the Parti Paling Tidak Apa president is so brilliant that I’m momentarily blinded and most definitely stunned.
Good news comes to you in the form of Najib Razak’s “message of inclusivity” delivered in a closed-door briefing to over 5,000 Umno delegates, according to the J-Star report headlined ‘Najib: Barisan needs Chinese support‘.
The MCA media quoted Ah Jib Gor as saying that BN will not survive the next GE should Umno not retain the support of the Chinese community.
He was reported as saying it is a stupid (“unwise”) strategy to sideline other communities because BN must appeal to all races if they wanted to remain in power. Ah Jib Gor reiterated how “crucial” Chinese support is.
Reacting to Najib’s “wise” strategy is James Masing who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president.
If Najib believes that BN will not survive without Chinese support, then let’s see how BN fares without Dayak support because Mr Clueless has peeved the Sarawakian natives again.
But first, below is the PRS report card for GE13
The party fielded six candidates in the parliamentary seats of Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Julau, Kanowit, Selangau and Hulu Rajang.
PRS reps Masir Anak Kujat, William @ Nyallau Anak Badak, Joseph Salang Anak Gandum, Ago Anak Dagang, Joseph Entulu Anak Belaun and Ugak Anak Kumbong all won their seats.
So this gives PRS a perfect score of 6/6.
Another Borneo party is the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party.
SPDP fielded candidates for the parliamentary seats of Mas Gading, Saratok, Bintulu and Baram. Its reps Nogeh Anak Gumbek, William Mawan Ikom, Tiong King Sing and Anyi Ngau all won their seats, notching a 4/4 scorecard.
Tolong bilang … sepuluh kerusi mak oi
Both the Sarawak parties between them delivered 10 Parliament seats to BN.
T-E-N seats. And they worked for it unlike the MCA seats which were delivered by the Umno machinery on the ground and the vote obtained from the Malay BN supporters.
Compare with the MCA’s track record. The Chinese party contested 37 Parliament seats and won seven (six of them in Malay-majority areas).
MCA’s success rate in the last election was 18.9% compared to PRS’s 100% and SPDP’s 100%.
Najib Razak gave MCA two cabinet minister posts and three deputy minister posts to commensurate with the Chinese party’s seven seats.
SPDP was offered nothing when Najib announced his Cabinet line-up immediately post-election in May 2013.
PRS was initially offered two deputy ministers’ posts.
SPDP+ PRS = 10 seats / Najib offered two deputy ministers’ posts
MCA = 7 seats / Najib offered two ministers’ and three deputy ministers’ posts
Dayaks feel slighted by Najib’s treatment
MCA accepted with alacrity, PRS rejected the initial offer as demeaning while SPDP was so upset it wanted to quit the BN.
“Angry SPDP members have called for the party leaders to pull out of BN over its exclusion from the federal cabinet despite delivering four parliamentary seats.” — see FMT report (17 May 2013)
At the same time, Masing the PRS president stated his party supreme council’s rejection of Najib’s measly offer, saying the Dayaks felt that they were “sidelined” and “deserved to be treated better.”
Confronted with a threat of boycott of the swearing-in ceremony by PRS, Najib tweaked his list before announcing it on 15 May 2013. In the revamped list, he named Entulu a full minister.
Read ‘Dayaks bitter over cabinet choices‘ (FMT, 17 May 2013)
Masing was quoted by FMT (17 May 2013) as cautioning: “The rural areas in Sarawak are Barisan Nasional ‘fixed deposit’. If you don’t take care of it, somebody will come by and withdraw it”.
What a brilliant calculation the BN chairman made in May 2013. And he’s done it again, upsetting the Dayaks.
TMI reported today that Masing had lashed out at Ah Jib Gor for his obsession with cajoling the Chinese endlessly but neglecting the Dayak vote bank.
“Why are you so focused on winning back Chinese voters that you pay scant heed to the rural Dayak voters that helped keep you and the Barisan Nasional in power?” he asked.
Kesudahannya nanti undi Cina yang dikejar tak dapat, undi Dayak yang dikendong tercicir pula.
Najib desires 25% Chinese vote
The J-Star article today said: “He [Najib] reminded us that if we had received 25% of the Chinese votes in the last general election, Barisan would have won two-thirds of the seats in Parliament”.
The EvangeliSTAR report is badly written in terms of copy flow (reporter fail) but nonetheless seems to attribute the statement above to Cheras Umno division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee (pix, right).
“I can identify with that because I come from an urban division where Malays are the minority and non-Malays are the majority. Najib’s reminder to be sensitive and careful when commenting on issues makes sense”.
“Like it or not, we need the support of non-Malays if we want to regain the two-thirds majority in Parliament,” he added.
I’m quite curious – since this Tuan Syed has declared that he is able to identify with Ah Jib Gor’s enthusiasm for retaining and regaining Chinese voter support – how is it to be done?
Syed’s secret recipe for success
If Syed Ali is in the know of Najib’s good and wise strategy to increase BN support among the Chinese to a quarter (25%) of the community, then he should give us a hint so that me and the other bloggers can help with the game plan.
I can only surmise that in order to speak so confidently about returning Chinese sentiment, Syed Ali must be in possession of Najib’s secret of positive thinking.
And I suppose Syed Ali has the answer to the riddling Utusan question, “Apa lagi Cina mahu?”
Ah Jib Gor knows how to make Chinese happy
If Najib can give the Chinese what they want and make them happy, then perhaps indeed, up to a quarter of them will be favourable of the BN in GE14.
But for the moment, it looks like the Chinese are blowing hot and cold with Ah Jib Gor.
On one hand, we have the professions of love – see the heartwarming banner above – and on the other hand, some of these Chinese (pix below) don’t look as if they’re too keen on the BN chairman.
Syed Ali Alhabshee, please do share with us your strategy of winning Chinese support. We’re all agog to know.