It's past 3am.
Just got back from Kampung Tanjong Kupang in Gelang Patah.
Went there after Maghrib prayers with a friend to meet a local veteran Umno grassroots leader.
The guy is among the better ones that I know. A real Umno idealist who really does things for agama, bangsa and negara, so to speak.
We talked over a wide range of political issues in Johor, particularly those directly affecting his village and the surrounding area.
He said things are not so bad for Johor BN as perceived by outsiders like me.
Among others, he believed that even DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang is at risk facing Jason Teoh of MCA in Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency which is now called Iskandar Puteri.
He said Jason's pre-campaign rounds were well received not only in the Malay villages, but also in areas with large Chinese constituents such as Skudai.
"Jason is quite good at what he does. I think he will get the bulk of Malay votes and I have a feeling that he will also get quite a lot of Chinese votes too. I believe it will be a 50-50 fight here," he said.
I wrote these posts about Jason just weeks before the last general election in 2013,
The Umno grassroots leader nonetheless admitted that it's going to be a tough fight in most part of Johor.
He was hoping for no sudden changes in Johor BN plans so that its candidates could concentrate on winning.
He totally disagreed with any plan to replace DS Mohamed Khaled Nordin with Datuk OthmanYusoff as MB.
Please read this for context;
Tok Moy likely to be the new Johor MB
"I have my complaints against Khaled but the thought of Tok Moy becoming MB was not very comforting," he said, adding that Othman is too close with the Johor palace, which would make it difficult for him to function as MB.
The guy has indeed quite a lot of grouses against the current state administration but he was of the opinion that Khaled should be given at least another term to prove his worth.
Okay, fine....that's maybe quite fair, I guess.
Still, that's up for PM DS Najib Razak to decide as BN chairman....not me or anyone else.