PH retains Streram as candidate for Rantau by-election
and Anwar, the PKR president gave a long winded explanation for the decision.
I just hope the guy will bring his pass to the nomination centre this time and save us all the time, money and trouble to have yet another by-election later.
Simple thing like that also he cannot do and still wants to be a wakil rakyat. Sigh.
Eh, a by-election costs tax payers a few million ringgit, okay.
Honestly, before the announcement of PH candidate yesterday, I calculated that PH may have a slight advantage to win in Rantau.
Bear in mind that the demographics of the Rantau constituency is Malay 53.43%; Chinese 18.81%; Indian 27.01%; B/P Sabah 0.18%; B/P Sarawak 0.13%; Orang Asli (Pen. Msia) 0.01%; Others 0.42%.
It's not an outright Malay/Bumiputera majority constituency like Semenyih which BN won the other day.
If PH was being realistic about the current political scenario, they would have fielded a Malay candidate to have a better chance of beating Mat Hassan, the acting Umno president.
By right they should have solid support of the Chinese and Indians and only needed a fraction of the Malay votes.
A good Malay candidate would have done the trick.
However, I suspect that PH had done its own calculation and discovered that it can't win in Rantau even if they are to field such a candidate.
So, that's why they are sending the Streram guy there again.
Guess, at least they have an excuse when they lose later.
Oh, we are multi-racial unlike BN which uses racial and religious cards, they would say.
I wonder what Pribumi Bersatu people think about that.
Amanah.....well that party will take its cue from DAP and I think we all know what it would be for them.
It would be interesting to watch how enthusiastic the Malays of PH will campaign in Rantau.
As for BN, I think they will do well like in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih or maybe even better.
MCA and MIC have reaffirmed their commitment in the coalition and the cooperation with Pas is getting more solid by the day.
I think MCA and MIC are now confident that there is nothing sinister about the Umno-Pas cooperation and they will convey this to the non-Malays in Rantau.
I'm quite sure that Pas will even help along if the candidate of the by-election is from MCA or MIC, the same way they did so for their former allies such as DAP.
Well, it really do look good for BN at the moment.
If Mat Hassan, whom I believe is the key factor for the BN's turn-around to recovery could win in Rantau, then the road back to Putrajaya is going to be a real one for the coalition.
Finally, BN and Umno have a proper leader who has his feet firmly planted on the ground, tactically smart and willing to listen to not just party members but all the rakyat.
Here's a bit more of Mat Hassan's background by the man himself,
Cool and down to earth guy.
All the best to him for the by-election.