Sunday 21 April 2013

The brave hearts

A commenter wrote this about the Kit Siang-Ghani tussle in my last posting -

Both are true politicians, as they've given up their safe seats where they can easily win to contest in Gelang Patah. This battle is getting more exciting each day.

Now, lets see the reason why DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang is brave and why Johor BN chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman is brave.

Kit Siang moved from Ipoh Timur, a Chinese majority constituency to Gelang Patah, a constituency which over 100,000 voters are made up of almost 53 per cent Chinese. 

In all fairness, Gelang Patah used to be a MCA stronghold. So he is brave in that sense...I guess.

Kit Siang bravery, in my opinion, is the same bravery of Teo Nie Ching, the DAP young heroine who moved from her Chinese majority Serdang to Kulai. Yes, Kulai is also a Chinese majority constituency with about 60 per cent Chinese voters. In fact Kulai is Johor's parliamentary constituency with the largest percentage of Chinese voters.

Kit Siang and Teo Nie Ching have been going around Johor telling everyone that they are brave for leaving their safe seats to venture into enemy territory in Johor.

It was said that Teo Nie Ching is in fact so brave that despite  being a devout Christian like so many other DAP leaders, she dared to give sermons in mosques in Pakatan-ruled Selangor as seen in this picture -

Perhaps, one day we will see the less alluring but similarly brave Kit Siang giving similar sermon at the mosque of Kampung Pekajang in Gelang Patah.

As for Ghani, I believe even the DAP people have to admit that he is brave to contest in the Chinese majority constituency of Gelang Patah at a time when the Chinese community is said to be hostile towards BN and especially Umno. 

Ghani is going to Gelang Patah with just his good track record as Johor MB  and for initiating development such as Iskandar Malaysia which has immensely contributes in turning the once sleepy hollow of Gelang Patah into the most exciting new economic growth centre in the country. He also went there with the belief that he could persuade the Chinese voters in the constituency to choose a better representative based on what has been done in the area by the person instead of just the person's skin color.

Many, including Umno leaders had dismissed Ghani's bravery as being foolhardy. They don't think he will win because they believe that the Chinese majority of Gelang Patah will never vote a Malay, no matter how good he is, over a Chinese.

I want so much to believe that these Ghani's detractors are wrong. 

I want so much for Ghani to be right for being brave because of his belief that his 18 years of clean and effective performance as Menteri Besar will be appreciated by all Johoreans irrespective of race.

I want so much for the voters of Gelang Patah to prove to the rest of the country that they are capable of seeing beyond the ethnicity of those who offer to represent them.


  1. Trying to fitnah her that she gave sermons in mosque. Pitting the Muslim to go against Chinese? So voting her is haram and anti Islam and will go to hell?

    1. Well, I don't think she is singing in the mosque.

      Pitting Muslims against Chinese...did I said that?

      Voting her is haram and anti Islam and go to hell? That one I think you better ask the Pas people. They are good at giving answers to that sort of questions. Or may be you should ask Teo Nie Ching herself as I think she is more religious than myself. I never give sermons in mosques or churches

    2. Pada 22 Ogos 2010, semasa menyampaikan sumbangan RM1000.00 kepada JK Surau Al-Huda Kajang, Teo telah dijemput menyampaikan ucapan ringkas tentang bantuan yang boleh dipohon dari kerajaan negeri Selangor .Akhbar Utusan Malaysia dan TV3 mentafsir ucapan itu sebagai 'tazkirah' dan mengkritik perbuatannya tidak menutup kepala.[1] Sehubungan itu, YB Teo memohon maaf kepada Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj, Sultan Selangor. [2][3] Pengerusi Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (Mais), Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa melaporkan Sultan Selangor murka dengan kejadian itu.

      Selepas daripada kejadian itu iaitu pada 30 Ogos 2010, YB Teo DIJEMPUT ke surau Al-Muhajirin, Bukit Mahkota, di mana beliau juga menyumbangkan RM500 kepada RELA. Bagaimanapun kali ini, beliau tidak memasuki ruang solat tetapi memakai selendang.

      Majlis tersebut berlangsung di bawah sebuah khemah dalam kawasan surau.Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Teo berkata kunjungannya itu adalah berasaskan kepada prinsip berkhidmat kepada rakyat tanpa mengira kaum dan agama mereka.

      Menurut Teo, beliau diberi sambutan yang baik sepertimana ketika beliau mengunjungi surau Al-Huda di Kajang, yang telah mencetuskan kontroversi.

  2. Er Life Of Annie blogger, have you not heard of Tebrau Tengah? Btw, Ghani's ship is sinking fast in Gelang Patah. Part of the reason is that the Ghani cat bloggers have offended powerful factions in UMNO / Perkasa. But they still refuse to apologise....

    1. Yup, I think you are right. 90 per cent of Gelang Patah voters are powerful factions in Umno/Perkasa.

  3. it is ballsy move by the two of them.. it is my sincere hope we move away from racial politics and vote for the best man.. i do not want to brush off national issues, but i feel that an election is won on local issues primarily, let's see how the electorate votes.. keep it clean and don't come off as too arrogant.. pride comes before a fall( applicable for both sides)

  4. The Chinese will be the losers if they vote on racial lines at GP. The Melayu will never trust them anymore. Period.

    UMNO/BN policy is "power sharing, prosper thy neighbour" but DAP's is "meritocracy, winner take all." PAS is "islamization" and PKR is "Anwar for PM." So, choose wisely for your children and grand-children's sake.

    And don't play-play racial politics with the Melayu...

    1. What power sharing with "Ketuanan Melayu" and UMNO endorsing Zul Noordin and Ibrahim Ali to keep reminding others are pendatang when in Malaysia, we have only Orang Asli.

    2. Anon 17:40

      please read this on what 'Ketuanan Melayu' is all about.

      and stop being so race-oriented.