Umno should cut its losses, write-off Protun and off-set with PAS support

December 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm 16 comments

Blogger Annie had written a post titled The end of moderation‘ on the morning after (6 May 2013) the Chinese tsunami.

Annie wrote: “The ‘Chinese revolt’, as so proudly predicted by the DAP cybertroopers did come true and it swept through the State [of Johor]”.

Annie said the Chinese community had “totally snubbed” outgoing Johor MB Ghani Othman, causing him to lose in his face-off with Kit Siang in Gelang Patah.

Annie added: “The Malays, who feel jealous with his attempts to assist the Chinese punished him. The Indian community just stabbed him in the back for no real reason.”

Annie further said:

“And that’s the fate of a man who believes in moderation and being judged by his track record instead of the color of his skin.

“It’s the same fate that befell Prime Minister DS Najib Razak, whose moderate ‘1Malaysia’ and BN’s ‘kongsi’ concepts were rejected.”

Najib sedih

Chinese spat in face of the Malays — Annie

Explaining the Chinese tsunami, Annie said, “The Chinese community’s rejection of those concepts was total. They rejected the hands of friendship of moderate Malays such as Ghani and Najib.”

Annie believed that “the Chinese community had not only refused to accept the friendship of the moderate Malays, but they spit in their face”.

Annie lamented the polls outcome for “the loss of my belief in the concept of moderation”.

Annie wrote:

“I’m also bitter for my failure of not seeing how the Chinese community could totally refuse to share this country with the Malays.

“Yes, I’m putting it here on record. The Chinese want to have everything they can get their hands on.” —

Hannah Yeoh wicked regime

There’s no dialing back, the course is set

Almost 90 percent Chinese throwing their support behind the opposition in GE13 has led to the impending GE14 situation of Umno-BN vs DAP-Harapan.

The two anchor parties are a proxy for the political battle between Malays and Chinese. Winner takes all.

In the ‘either you are with us or against us’ equation, today 95 percent of the Chinese are not with MCA. They’re do-or-die against the BN.

Okay, now let’s have a look at Annie’s piece yesterday titled ‘Johor Umno has no need for gung-ho soundbites‘.

Do please remember that Annie had earlier said the moderate ‘Johor Way’ had died on the night of 5 May 2013. Annie’s words: “they [Chinese] spit in their [moderate Malays] face“.

There is nothing moderate about the Chinese 95:5 partisanship. Moderate is 55:45 or 60:40 where a check-and-balance can operate. At 95 percent, it’s just a steamroller.

This is Sparta

ABOVE: “This is Sparta!” … die

Johor Umno and “gung ho soundbite” of YB Kempas

In Annie’s blog posting yesterday responding to me, the crux of the matter (as presented by Annie) is whether Umno men in Johor who are not with Najib as well as those in the Protun gang generally should be “chopped off”.

Annie’s answer is ‘No’.

My view is ‘Yes’.

The truth of the matter is that Muhyiddin, who is Umno Pagoh-Johor division chief, has already been “chopped off” — sacked as DPM, removed from Cabinet and blocked from speaking at the recent Umno general assembly. This is a fiat accompli.

On the other hand, emanating from the anti-Najib camp is only bluster full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

Adun Kempas YB Tengku Putra Jumat is a Projib patriot. He has urged his party president to “take no prisoners”. I agree.

BELOW: Muhyiddin expressing his disaffection

Gif by Cil!sos

Gif by Cil!sos

No quarters given, no quarters asked

Annie described the Umno MP for Pulai, “the rather liberal Nurjazlan” as being “biologically just a quarter Malay”. His mother is of Chinese descent.

Nonetheless having all that Chinese heritage did not soften the heart of the Chinese voters who gave Nur Jazlan the tsunami treatment anyhow. He survived but with a much reduced majority.

Raja Nong Chik – who also trotted out his Chinese wife during the election campaign – failed to unseat Nurul Izzah in Lembah Pantai.

Umno Chinese moms and Chinese wives cut no ice with the Chinese electorate.

It is the same with the Umno Malays who are now stridently anti-Najib. Nothing can persuade them otherwise. Tun is the embodiment of ‘No retreat, no surrender’.

Umno should take protective and preventive measures by jettisoning the anti-Najib and the Protun. Throw them overboard. That’s just politics.

This Is War (2)

Politics is war

Do recall what Annie wrote in the aftermath of the last general election — “The end of moderation”.

“It marks the death of the moderate ‘Johor way’,” Annie had said. And wasn’t ABU-“Ini kali lah” an all-out war on Umno?

Yet Annie argued yesterday, “Johor Umno that I knew didn’t rely on being macho or gung-ho to win elections. It relies on being dignified, service-oriented and upholding good values to win over the hearts and minds of the people, especially the Johor Malays.”

Yes, make them walk the plank

Annie also hoped “everyone including Helen can stop making nonsensical soundbites such as ‘This is Umno Johor! ‘We take no prisoners’.”

It is rather rich of Annie to accuse Helen of being making gung-ho soundbites when it was Annie who had announced the end of moderation and the death of the moderate ‘Johor way’.

But never mind.

We preceed. I shall now approach the question of whether Umno should take the approach proposed by Annie, i.e.

“dignified, service-oriented and upholding good values to win over the hearts and minds of the people”

or the approach suggested by YB Kempas – “take no prisoners”.

Muhyiddin crystal ball

Let’s be realistic lah, shall we?

I’ll go with Tengku Putra Jumat’s idea, i.e. guns blazing. After all, I’ve been saying that Najib must be a war general.

I do not see how Umno will be able to “win over the hearts and minds of the people” – as suggested by Annie – while Tun the Wrecking Ball keeps swinging and knocking over everything in sight.

Tun has embarked on total warfare against Najib. He may be 90 years old but in this confrontation, he is the aggressor.

Annie’s ‘handsome old man’ is even willing to see Umno deregistered if this was what it takes to topple Najib. In the pursuit of his vendetta, the always interfering ex-premier is like a man possessed (dirasuk).

Tun poke PMs

Umno people must choose their side

Be “dignified”, Annie says. That’s far from what’s happening currently. It’s a brawl out there. And it can only get worse the closer we get to GE14.

The Red Bean Army are equally destructive. And Tun rubbed shoulders with them at Bersih 4.0! (twice!)

If the rebels still refuse to get on with the programme, then we can’t blame Najib for refusing to give them the kid glove treatment.

A war general or admiral has to run a tight ship. With only two years-and-four months to go before the 14th general election must be held, there is no room for dissent on deck.

Najib made punching bag

No point being nice and accommodating

There are six Parliament seats in Johor where the current BN majority is shaky. The element in common is that all have a significant percentage of Chinese voters.

  • Labis (MCA)  –  353 vote majority  –  47% Chinese voters
  • Segamat (MIC)  –  1,217  –  46 percent
  • Ledang (Umno)  –  1,967  –  41 percent
  • Pasir Gudang (Umno)  –  935  –  38 percent
  • Tebrau (MCA)  – 1,767 – 38 percent
  • Muar (Umno)  –  1,646  –  35 percent

As a comparison, Batu Pahat – lost by Umno’s then Deputy Education Minister Puad Zarkashi – has 46 percent Chinese voters. Puad’s opponent had a winning majority of 1,732 votes.

Will any Umno-BN candidate striving to be “dignified, service-oriented and upholding good values” (as per Annie’s admonishment) be able to sway the Chinese voters? Nope.

Raja Nong Chik was service-oriented. Nurul Izzah is hardly ever glimpsed in her constituency; she’s more busy flying around the world to lobby for daddy’s release from jail. Nong Chik lost to her.

The Chinese voters don’t care about dignity (think Tian Chua and his biting policemen), service-orientation or “good values” (sneaky bastard MPs are okay, what). They just want to kill Umno.

When someone is hell-bent on killing you, how can you shy away from taking an adversarial stance in self-defence?

Mat Sabu stooge

Tun is the de facto Opposition Leader

There’s no hope of recovering the Chinese vote. Now what about the Malay fence-sitters, as in the Protun voters?

Annie wrote yesterday, “I once heard [Johor Menteri Besar] Khaled said (sic) that 83 percent of Malays in the state voted for BN in the last general election, which was why the state didn’t fall to the opposition despite the massive Chinese tsunami on polling day”.

This reported claim by MB Khaled that Umno drew 83 percent Malay support in Johor is quite believable. See my calculations below in the endnote*.

The issue at hand is how far the sizeable pro-establishment Malays in Johor would boycott Umno in GE14 due to either their unhappiness with Najib or loyalty to Tun.

It’s reasonable to assume that Tun would be able to successfully bleed away some Malay support from Umno. In Johor, there might also be a slight dissatisfaction due to the Muhyiddin factor.

I would however evaluate the hardcore Protun people as just like the Chinese … no hope, no cure.

Najib had bent over backwards to try and appease the Chinese but to no avail. Similarly with Protun. No amount of explanation on 1MDB will be able to satisfy them.

Their attitude, e.g. calling for Najib’s resignation and for Malaysia to be ruled by an unelected tribunal or Council of Elders, is just like Kit Siang and the DAP.

Hence Umno should consider that support from the Tun segment – just like support from Chinese – cannot be recovered. It’s more strategic to work on alternatives to make up the shortfall in Malay support caused by Tun’s relentless attacks on Najib and Umno.

Learn from history. Tun’s attack on Dollah Badawi contributed to BN losing its two-thirds majority in 2008. He did not back off even though the damage inflicted on Umno and BN was considerable.

Likewise, Tun will not back off from attacking Najib and he will continue with his attacks right up to 2018. Hence Najib should treat Tun as an opponent who is aligned with the objectives of the opposition.

Annie is wrong to keep coddling the “handsome old man”.

Tun PAU

Building a new alliance with PAS

Let’s project a GE14 scenario in Johor. We shall assume that Umno’s Nur Jazlan will defend his Pulai seat in 2018.

He might be fighting Salahuddin Ayub in a rematch, let’s say. But this time, Salahuddin is deputy president of PAN, having already deserted PAS.

The contest in Pulai, thus, is (a) Umno vs PAN in straight fight or (b) Umno vs PAS vs PKR in a three-cornered fight.

PAS is staying out after having reached an agreement to cooperate with Umno.

Nur Jazlan will possibly lose some Malay votes due to unhappiness with Najib and Umno. These are abstention votes: Umno’s loss but not necessarily the opposition’s gain.

Salahuddin will likely keep all the Chinese votes and could perhaps even gain a couple percents more. But he loses those Malay votes he obtained the last time as a PAS candidate because PAS and PAN are enemies.

Could Protun or PAS Malays be persuaded to support a PAN man? I think not.

But even if the Protuns merajuk to the extent of crossing over to the opposition, I believe that the shift by PAS Malays (voting against Harapan as an anti-DAP protest move) to the side of the establishment will outweigh the shift by Mahathir supporters crossing over to the opposition.

In the balance of things, I assess that it is just as futile for Najib to extend an olive branch to the Tun camp as it was to have tried and make peace with the Chinese in the last election. Any such peace overture will not be reciprocated.

As for Tun’s fans and followers, if they were willing to be objective, they would realise and acknowledge that it is their icon’s own actions that are torpedoing the BN.

So rather than trying to appease the Tun renegades, it is really more tactical to work on winning the heart and mind of potential converts from PAS.

Najib cannot afford to waste any more time on the rebels. Give them an ultimatum to return to the fold. If they choose not to do so, declare open season.


walking cat
ENDNOTE:
* Let’s examine Nur Jazlan’s Parliament seat of Pulai.
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Voter turnout was 85,762. Valid votes were however only 84,276 as 1,486 of the votes were spoiled.
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Assuming an even rate of turnout for all the races, there would have been – hypothetically – 34,533 Chinese voters who showed up and cast their ballot papers properly.
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Giving Pakatan 90 percent of the Chinese vote means the Pakatan candidate (Salahuddin Ayub of PAS) for Pulai would have gotten 31,080 Chinese votes.
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For the Indians, let’s take a ballpark figure of 40 percent opposition supporters. Indian voter turnout could have been in the region of 8,427 and thus – let’s say –  3,371 Indian votes going to Pakatan’s Salahuddin.
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Salahuddin had 40,525 votes on polling day, 5 May 2013. Taking away the estimated 31,080 Chinese and 3,371 Indian vote share would leave Salahudin with possibly 6,074 Malay votes.
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Based on the hypothetical estimates above, Pakatan had 15.3 percent support from Malays. This means Umno had 84.7 percent Malay support in Pulai. This figure is close to the 83 percent reportedly cited by Khaled Nordin.
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A better but more painstaking method to get the numbers is by inputting the data for all the Johor constituencies and plot a regression graph. This would yield the percentage of Malay support for Umno/Pakatan.
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  • 1. shamshul anuar  |  December 31, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Helen,

    Aptly said. There is no need for Najib to send goodwill gesture(like wearing a Chinese dress or appointing MCA into cabinet) to Chinese. They have decided and thy stay put with DAP.

    What Najib needs to do is being firm. Turn the tables to DAP. Examples are start talking non stop on reclamation issue in Penang. Start whacking Hannah Yeoh. Start mocking her by saying she is the reigning Twitter Queen. Start saying she is a hypocrite.

    Start renegotiating all the lop sided deals ,made during Tun’ era. NAJIB YOU ARE THE PM. You have the authority to change. You can use your authority to bring these companies to negotiation table.

    And for God’;s sake, stop babysitting MCA anymore. Let MCA face off DAP in all Chinese areas. Let us see how Wee Ka Siong going to fare facing DAP. Let us see Liow Teng Lai struggling to face Chairman of DAP.

    Let us give the choice back to Chinese. Let give the message that UMNO can prevail without them. Take back Malay constituency. UMNO must fight in Alor Setar, Titi Serong, Kulim, Alor gajah, Tanjung Piai, Kota Raja. Kuantan.

    Go out and tell Malays off that they must register, they must vote. Bring in popular UMNO youth like Dr Fathul Bari. Let him handle registration of new UMNO members.

    Be simple. Rope in local UMNO leaders who still command respect like MB of NS. Tok mat can do wonders in NS in getting new members.

    Actually with PAS come to realising how ruthless DAP is , UMNO is kinda of save for a while.

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    • 2. Melayu Malaysia  |  December 31, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Sound ideas, easier said than one with the current UMNO top man.

      Pushed him to the wall and he will then wield his axe. But the oppo read his game and will not do so but softly softly bodek him. He is too polite to the oppos… Sad state of leadership. Can never win wars

      Reply
  • 3. An Ordinary Malaysian  |  December 31, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Helen,

    Losing those seats, i.e. Labis, Segamat, Ledang, etc may hurt but UMNO’s current majority is still sufficient to handle the 6-seat loss.

    Writing off the pro-Tun camp, though, would be suicidal for Najib.

    It is not how many pro-Tun supporters there are but how many other UMNO members they can influence.

    If I was Najib, I would keep the pro-Tun supporters onside but in check.

    An UMNO-PAS alliance would seem to make sense.at first glance.

    But the danger here is all for UMNO.

    PAS is attractive to UMNO members given the strong allure of religion and race.

    There could wholesale defection of UMNO members over to PAS once PAS is declared friendly.

    The traditional UMNO power-brokers will lose their power base.

    We can already see an example of what an UMNO-PAS alliance could become in the form of ISMA, which is essentially a coalition of PAS and UMNO members with PAS calling the shots there in ISMA.

    Anyway, I have a problem with the hardline medieval form of Islam which PAS advocates so my thoughts are naturally biased against them as I advocate a modern Islam which is in tune with the needs of today.

    I do, however, concede that your analysis of the advantages of an UMNO-PAS alliance for PRU14 does require further thought on my part.

    Reply
  • 4. Spectre  |  December 31, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Earth Wind and Fire – After The Love Has Gone.

    Message loud and clear.

    Reply
  • 5. Lampah  |  December 31, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Malayu politicians parading their Chinese wives and mothers? Fucking stupid. Makes us hate you even more. Nigga wants to be fair skinned, use whitening cream instead. Sheesh.

    Reply
    • 6. Equalizer.  |  January 1, 2016 at 12:55 am

      Lampah a DAP dog barking here just to get attention. His name “Lampah” is already dirty so what do we expect from Komtar? Happy New Year.

      Reply
      • 7. Spectre  |  January 1, 2016 at 9:12 am

        He’s DAP and most likely a product of the La Salle schools. Once in a while they will send someone new to this blog to make some trouble.

        Reply
    • 8. AE  |  January 1, 2016 at 10:54 am

      A delusional banana trying to tell us that they are the whites in this MALAY country? Freckles and those red rashes you have from eating too much pork arent the same. I hear mother china is opening up new lands for its lost children. Go back why dont you? But dont go if u r a born again hypocrite i think you are coz they dont like your kind either. Build a boat, live in international waters and keep playing the victim. Btw we already fuck with YO MAMA and once you go black(or one two shade lighter) they NEVER GO BACK.

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      • 9. islam1st  |  January 1, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        Lampah ingat susah ke nak jadi kurang ajar? Senang lar, cuma orang tak mahu jadi itu macam saje!

        Reply
  • 10. amir yusof  |  December 31, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    “Ditelan mati emak diluah mati bapak”.

    Personally both of you Annie and Helen are right but not to forget our
    common goals , for the DAP’s reigning supreme is inconceivable .

    “Kalau tiada angin , masakan pokok bergoyang”.

    Even the simpleton makciks and pakciks is wondering what is going on .

    “Masuk bakul angkat sendiri”.

    From my life experiences when a person proudly telling to the masses he is humble , with humility , bighearted or magnanimous shouldn’t be trusted , simply put a charlatan .
    People like this is consider a “coward” , integrity, honesty ,truthfulness
    “kepimpinan melalui teladan”, moderation and even quoting God’s
    words , for them it simply mere means to justified their selfish end . The “privilege” ones much worse demanding are you with me (selamat) if not (bye-bye) .

    “Sense of danger” .

    Just because it can’t be prove by scientific methods , doesn’t mean the “feeling” doesn’t exist .I.e. both of you Annie and Helen although we never meet , i can tell you are sincere individuals .Obviously not 100% but in the high 90% .

    “Forgiveness” .

    Should he whole heartedly “throw him self in front of a bus” for the sake of the nation , we will see . If not sorry la bro .

    “Forget”.

    Simply can’t and must not .

    Especially to Annie and Helen and Malaysian in general .To all of us have a happy new year .

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  • 11. pengundi hantu  |  January 1, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Helen,I AM just a VOTER. Have been voting BN for the past 5-6 elections. But for the PRU14,most of us do not know WHAT to vote;
    i. UMNO.BN too corrupted, too stupid – cannot manage world class
    legasy. Moaning and crying that it is a burden & shit. What the hell
    when U owns 26% of the shares and sit on the boardroom!
    Tidor ke…………..?????
    ii. DAP – to Chinese and I don’t believe they are clean as the dew.
    Look what Guan Eng and his family is doing in Peneng. Malays
    cannot depen on DAP for sure.
    iii. PAS – too stupid and dogmatic. Cannot imagine if they become
    the government. Sama macam UMNO bergantung too much on
    petroliam an d derma.
    iv. PKR – too ANWARIT and corrupterd to the brim. Imagine keeping
    30 BILLION duit kerajaan Selangor dalam akaun syarikat rm2
    kawan baik!!!!
    v. PAN – What is PAN……….???????
    Apa dia dah buat?
    00000000000000000000000

    So, siapa kami nak undi………..??????
    Takda satu pun boleh diharap.
    Yang tinggal cuma BEBAS.
    Harap ramai BEBAS jadi calon for PRU14.

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    • 12. Where's The Justice  |  January 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      For me it’s easy, vote opposition. This will be the long overdue wake up call that UMNO/BN needs to reform and to think of another strategy to win back the people. They will be forced to get rid of the bad apples and revert back to the party they once were. The opposition will also know that they will have only one term to prove themselves, otherwise the rakyat will vote BN back in. If BN wins the next elections, they are just going to continue to be corrupt and clueless in terms of economic management….nothing will change

      Reply
      • 13. Helen Ang  |  January 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        re: “The opposition will also know that they will have only one term to prove themselves, otherwise the rakyat will vote BN back in.”

        Not true. I voted Pakatan in 2008. As a Selangor voter, after one term and by 2013, I already wanted them out.

        But instead of people power being strong enough to evict them, it was Pakatan that grew stronger instead, increasing their monopoly of the Selangor DUN from two-thirds in 2008 (GE12) to four-fifths in 2013 (GE13).

        Once they sink their claws into power, it’s no easy feat to remove them like your lot keep repeating in your mantra – can “vote BN back in”, what…

        In fact, they DAP will kill the BN like they’ve killed MCA and Gerakan.

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        • 14. Where's The Justice  |  January 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

          “Not true. I voted Pakatan in 2008. As a Selangor voter, after one term and by 2013, I already wanted them out.”

          Fair enough, Helen. But how much can a state government actually accomplish without the backing of the Federal government? I will admit that I am not privy to the mechanics of State v Federal governance, but I would assume that the state government would be significantly limited in what they can and can’t do.

          Reply
          • 15. Helen Ang  |  January 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

            Selangor is the richest and most developed state in Malaysia.

            Khalid Ibrahim hoarded billions.

            Reply
        • 16. Spectre  |  January 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

          Put it this way. Once you give them the keys they won’t be returning them to you.

          Reply

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