The Malacca election on Nov 20 will be a bellwether for the future of multiculturalism in Malaysia.
Hadi Awang said yesterday that PAS is remaining in PN to oppose the “extreme parties”.
Contesting in Malacca under the PN banner are PAS, Bersatu and Gerakan — these would be the non-extreme parties by Hadi’s reckoning.
And the ‘extreme’ parties are?
N15 Pengkalan Batu state seat
The incumbent here is Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee who won the seat in 2018 on a DAP ticket. This time he is contesting as an independent.
Norhizam got his ‘superfrog’ nickname for jumping out of DAP last year, then withdrawing his support for the BN-PN Malacca government this year and after that, trying to jump back to Harapan again.
Pengkalan Batu is the new name for the N15 ward following a boundary delineation exercise. In previous elections, this seat was called Bachang.
Bachang was held by DAP in 2013, 2008 and 1999; by Gerakan in 2004 and 1995.
The position of Adun from 1995 to 2018 was alternated in Bachang between Gerakan and DAP — YBs Chua Peng Song (two terms) and Lim Jak Wong (three terms) respectively.
BELOW Lim Guan Eng is another hopper, jumping from constituency to constituency; he was an MP in Malacca from 1986 to 2008
DAP’s politics of ‘extremes’
The kind of politics we endured for the last decade-and-a-half has been very beneficial to the DAP while overall disadvantageous to the Chinese community.
Norhizam was DAP’s Yang Berhormat exco member in the Malacca government with use of an official state car (Toyota Camry). He received his Datukship in October 2019.
Other DAP politicians also enjoyed the perks and privileges that money can’t buy, such as being given police bodyguards (to escort cabinet ministers and deputies).
Being a DAP Adun was most advantageous for Norhizam, for Hannah and their party carpetbaggers.
BELOW: Of course @hannahyeoh would not want her voter base to emigrate … think of the multiple government pensions she has acquired from turkeys voting for Christmas
DAP’s rocket trajectory
In 2004 – which was also the last time BN enjoyed its supermajority – DAP only had 36 Aduns in total.
By 2018, the DAP had a whopping 106 Aduns. They successfully tripled their number of DAP reps in the DUNs by playing extreme politics to perfection.
In 2018, MCA Aduns were reduced to two, with both of them representing Malay-majority seats. Gerakan Aduns, zero.
As I’ve demonstrated before, DAP and MCA are locked in a zero sum game, e.g
In 1986, DAP had 24 MPs, MCA 20. Total between them, 44
In 2004, MCA had 31 MPs, DAP 12. Total 43
In 2013, DAP had 38 MPs, MCA 7. Total 45
The two parties reliably see-saw. When MCA is strong, DAP is weak and vice versa.
Until 2018, Bachang which has a mixed electorate, similarly see-sawed between Cina DAP and Cina BN to represent the seat.
When a BN Chinese YB represented N15, there was no national controversy.
But when a Malay DAP represented N15 (name now changed to Pengkalan Batu), there arose a national brouhaha. YB Norhizam said that during his 22 months with DAP-Harapan, he felt like a “barua” — see below.
Malay voters in N15-Melaka were not up in arms against the BN Chinese Adun.
Chinese voters in N15-Melaka cursed and swore at their DAP Malay Adun when he frogged.
For six consecutive general elections (GE9–GE14), BN had fielded a Chinese candidate in Bachang/Pengkalan Baru. This coming state election, however, BN will be standing a Malay for the first time.
The 95 percent Chinese swing to DAP has changed the race dynamics in BN irrevocably. An Umno Malay is contesting N15, a seat traditionally alloted to Gerakan which has since quit BN.
Meanwhile, a Bersatu Malay (not a Gerakan nominee) will be contesting on the PN ticket. PN does not share the BN tradition of giving way to a Chinese candidate in a mixed or Malay-majority seat (e.g. in the Tg Piai byelection).
The next Pengkalan Baru Adun will definitely be a Malay since all the candidates featured in the five-cornered fight are Malay.
Before 2008, Gerakan and MCA had contributed plenty of Chinese MPs and Aduns to the government bench.
Now? Gerakan is in the political wilderness and MCA is irrelevant.
The Chinese chose to put all their eggs in one basket. And what did DAP do with this basket?
They lined the basket with gift paper, tied a ribbon and presented it as a grovelling hamper to the single most racist politician in Malaysian history.