There are 28 state seats in Malacca. PAS contested only eight of them in the election two days ago (see table below).
In Merlimau, Kelebang, Kuala Linggi, Bukit Katil, Serkam, Durian Tunggal, Taboh Naning and Duyong, it was easy for a PAS member to make his choice. He would vote his party candidate.
In Saturday’s polls, there were 20 seats in which there was no PAS candidate. For comparison: In the 2018 general election, there were only four Malacca seats in which there was no PAS candidate (table below).
So last weekend, PAS supporters in eleven Malacca seats could pick between voting for either Bersatu or Umno in the absence of their own man on the ballot.
The party central leadership told them to vote Bersatu which is their PN coalition partner. PAS grassroots, however, leaned more to Umno in the spirit of Muafakat.
Some PAS loyalists voted Bersatu, others Umno.
Now let’s look at voting behaviour along coalition lines which at the same time cut across ethnic lines.
Traditionally Melayu Umno had voted MCA. More recently, Cina DAP have voted Amanah. Most recently, Melayu Bersatu voted Gerakan.
Gerakan stood four Chinese candidates in Malacca.
(1) Karen Fong lost her deposit in Kota Laksamana, a seat with 79% Chinese voters
(2) Clarice Chan also lost her deposit in Bandar Hilir (77% Chinese voters)
(3) Patrick Ng managed to retain his deposit in Kesidang (57% Chinese voters)
(4) Michael Gan also kept his deposit in Ayer Keroh (51% Chinese voters)
For details on Gerakan’s fifth candidate – a 30-year-old Indian – read my yesterday’s blog post ‘Melaka Malays reject DAP bigly’
The demolishment of Gerakan’s Karen and Clarice in the two Cina totok constituencies was a reflection of what happened everywhere to non-DAP Chinese politicians in GE14.
We remember Gerakan’s fate in GE14 when the party was shellacked. Zero MPs (12 losers at the polls), zero Aduns (33 losers).
Gerakan’s Patrick and Michael were saved from losing their deposits in Kesidang (37% Malay voters) and Ayer Keroh (40% Malay voters).
Patrick and Michael would have gotten their votes on Saturday from PN supporters — the Malays.
The votes for Patrick (3,124) and Michael (2,479) were beyond expectation when we consider that Gerakan only hooked up with Bersatu and PAS in February this year, i.e. some nine months ago.
Race politics is our realpolitik
I’d earlier remarked on the symmetry of the three coalitions, each with three parties.
- BN: 3 racial
- Harapan: 2 multiracial, 1 Islamist
- PN: 1 racial, 1 multiracial, 1 Islamist,
I do not see how or why the Nons should ever regard Harapan’s combo as being morally superior to BN and PN.
Dapsters are pot calling the kettle black when they label Umno, MCA, MIC and Bersatu as “racist” and PAS as “Taliban”.
After all, in terms of pushing the Islamisation agenda, DAP’s partner Amanah dengan PAS dua kali lima.
Don’t forget that Amanah firestarted the Timah whisky controversy, and the stance of Amanah on drinking and gambling is no different from PAS.
The choc box above helps illustrate the 3 x 3 coalition gameplay.
How the various components would face off in elections
Among the permutations:
- PAS vs Amanah
- DAP vs MCA
- Umno vs Bersatu vs PKR
- MIC vs PKR vs Gerakan
- etc, etc
DAP the most ruthless
Parties vying with each other for power is politics. Politics for DAP is a blood sport.
None of the parties are even close to DAP when it comes to the scorched earth strategy.
DAP are stone cold political killers.
MCA had a near death experience when they scraped the bottom of the barrel with one sole parliament seat in our 222-seat Dewan Rakyat.
Gerakan too was effectively killed off in the last general election when none of its 45 MP-and-Adun aspirants made the YB club.
Last Saturday in Kota Laksamana – the seat with the highest percentage of Chinese voters – both the Gerakan and MCA candidates lost their deposits.
In Bandar Hilir – the seat with the second highest percentage of Chinese voters – the Gerakan, MCA and independent candidate all three lost their deposits.
It was a wipeout there in the city by DAP.
However, Gerakan’s two Chinese guys did not lose their deposits in the mixed areas with 40 percent Malay voters.
These results are telling of the voting behaviour of the Chinese community.
Kota Laksamana moreover gave its DAP winner the biggest majority (close to 11,500) obtained in the Malacca election.
DAP winning all its four seats in all Chinese-majority areas contesting in an all-Chinese field shows how racial the party really is despite its veneer of multiracial membership.
DAP’s thorough brainwashing of the Chinese would have done Chairman Mao proud. None of the other parties can boast a similar stratospheric level of loyalty from any of the Malaysian ethnics.
This continued ‘95 percent’ Chinese support for DAP is a popularly quoted figure but it’s also indicative of how the community has congealed into a collective.
They’re a hive mind in their thought, and a Chinese herd stampede in their action.
BN is undeniably a race formula where it concerns the three Malay-Chinese-Indian parties. But how is the DAP any less racial?
MCA and MIC can win in Malay areas. Can Amanah win in a Chinese area?