This is interesting. The Star says that at least seven Federal Ministers will exit the stage this coming polls season. Several of those names have a surface reason and a set of rumours surrounding the underlying reasons.
Chan Kong Choy to leave? I think the Team A-Team B dynamics is still very much alive in MCA despite protestations to the contrary. Ong Ka Ting pledges this as his last term while Chan is quietly moved out.
Shahidan Kassim to lose Perlis MB-ship? Looks almost certain, but hey what can I say? Remember the Sanusi Junid/Osman Aroff tussle in the late 90s?
Rais Yatim to retire due to age? Hahahah. The guy at 66 is fitter than a lot of other younger Cabinet fellas I know of. The Umno posse in ascendance tried to shelve him quietly by nominating him to the Commonwealth Sec Gen job, but he didn’t play ball.
Rais is often considered a loose cannon for his inconvenient way of not echoing the party/government line if it doesn’t agree with his views. Pretty much an outsider even though he rejoined the Umno establishment after two terms in the cold in 1999.
To lump him and Azmi Khalid together just because of age is to insult Rais, certainly. Btw, the political rumour mill has it that Azmi is slated for MB”ship” in Perlis. Rais is of course being shown the door.
Also, the tussle for seats are turning ugly not only among Barisan Nasional component parties but also the Opposition parties.
Talk is rife that DAP Sec Gen Lim Guan Eng might contest both at Parliament level and for the state assembly (the state seat to be in Penang). Why macha? Thoughts of a chance at Chief Ministership no doubt appeals to him.
Johor State MIC chairman finally had to confront the raging rumours of his involvement in Tenggaroh Assemblyman S.Krishnasamy’s brutal murder with this statement. Telling though, don’t you think?
And of course the former deputy MB of Selangor who used to flirt with all the “pious Muslim” electorate, who was sidelined in 2004 elections, is keen to make a comeback on a Parti Keadilan Rakyat ticket. Umno bridges have been permanently burned eh? I do take exception to some of the riff-raff that PKR uses to its advantage. Sheesh!
Read this excerpt from The Star.
Meanwhile, former Selangor deputy mentri besar Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad is tipped to contest the Hulu Langat parliamentary seat on the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket.
The incumbent for the seat is Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Markiman Kobiran, who is also the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board chairman.
Dr Zainal, who had previously served as Dusun Tua assemblyman, from 1990 to 2004 declined to comment, saying that he would issue a statement on nomination day on Feb 24.
This election will also see a lot more of the NGO types to contest, which in my opinion can be a good thing. You know….people running (on whatever ticket) for a certain cause. Toni Kassim is one and Charles Santiago is another. This is by no means the first time for Toni Kassim however. She has been blooded before.
I guess it is time Malaysians take a good look at their candidates and what they stand for, and decide if it is aligned to their own (voters’) interests, before voting these guys in. Instead of voting along partisan lines. This is pretty much lawyer/blogger/civil rights activist Harris Ibrahim has been advocating publicly.
Ultimately though, the Barisan Nasional government will prevail, probably with a reduced majority somewhat, because of the eroding public confidence. The Opposition may just be menang sorak, if that, because already they can’t see eye to eye on so many things. Resentment over outstation candidates, and greedy tussle for perceived safe seats may just scuttle their already haphazard efforts to ride on the wave of public outrage.
And MIC candidates will certainly feel the wrath of the Indian voters who have been vocal since Hindraf’s awakening. The police’s manner of handling the Feb 16 Rose March is another way to ensure that the Indian voters are further enraged.
Who gains? PPP perhaps, for the short term. Kayveas says that he had 3,000 former MIC members join PPP in the Port Dickson constituency alone. I don’t know the veracity of this, but the point is, parties like these are just exploiting the anger of the people.
Ultimately, the Dacing will prevail.
But don’t believe me. Don’t take my word as gospel. I’m the greatest pessimist in my neighbourhood.