The Test of Bukit Bintang

Malaysiakini reported today that Lim Kit Siang mentioned in a statement that Bukit Bintang seat in Kuala Lumpur , which used to be DAP’ stronghold, is no longer safe this election.

Bukit Bintang is a Chinese majority seat, with more than 74% Chinese and 11% Indian voters, and only about 14% Malay voters. This is a Chinese majority seat even including the presence of thousands of postal votes.

The question is : if Bukit Bintang is such an important seat as mentioned by Lim, then why is DAP not fielding a heavier gun than the incumbent Fong to stand in this seat? An obvious choice would be Lim Guan Eng, the Sec Gen of DAP, and the son of kit Siang.

If the Lims really believe than the urban Chinese are really unhappy over a host of issues, and the Indians are very unhappy because of Hindraf, and that this most crucial and symbolic seat in the heart of the nation is unsafe, then it would be honourable for a top party leader such as Guan Eng to stand in this seat, instead of the latter going over to Karpal’s safe seat in Bukit Gelugor and dislodging Karpal to go over to Bagan in which the incumbent Lim Hock Seng has done a lot of work and would be favourite to defend win the seat.

It would have boosted up the morale of all DAP members to have their Sec Gen standing in the heart of the nation to save a not-so-safe-anymore seat. It would have won the DAP many more Chinese and Indian votes.

But as I understand, Guan Eng has chosen the safest of all seats in Penang, which belongs to Karpal, and with that, he has stirred up a lot of discontent among DAP leaders in Penang.

Wee Choo Keong, a former DAP stalwart and now head of another opposition party, warned yesterday that Karpal could be another one of the capable leaders being forced out of DAP if he is not careful.

Is this not a way of killing 2 birds with one stone? Politicians like to use GE to consolidate their power and weaken their potential enemies/stumbling blocks in their own party.

Some of the Bagan DAP members are already demonstrating , saying that they will only vote for LIm Hock Seng, the incumbent.

thumbdown-fr-dap.jpgBagan DAP members demonstrating against Karpal coming over

The hallmark of a great leader is that he will take on the tougest and most challenging job, and not go for a safe seat.

 A great general, like Alexandra the great, would spearhead an attack, even when the opposing army was many times its strength. To his credit, Guan Eng’s father was one such leader who would dare to take on the tougest opponents.

So this is the best time for Guan Eng to prove that he is really a good leader , and come to Bukit Bintang to save this strategic seat. Bukit Bintang would be the test of his greatness!!

 (Maybe in that scenerio, MCA could field Ong Ka Ting and let the 2 big guns fight for this strategically important seat).


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chanjoe
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 14:14:37

    I fully agree wit ur comments. There are some leaders in DAP who hv been MP in their safe areas for more than 3 terms and hv built a name for themselves…..why not get them to contes the marginal seats and leave the “safe” seats to young & upcoming candidates?
    People like Tan Kok Wai, Dr Tan Seng Giaw should be moved to marginal seats to secure more wins. They hv been MPs for more than 3 terms. DAP shld prove that there are other good MPs coming up.


  2. A true Malaysian
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 17:53:49

    Lim Kit Siang declared that Bukit Bintang is not a safe seat anymore by virtue of the sudden increase in postal voters.

    My opinion is that the effect of the increase in postal voters is of lesser effect than the possible 3 way fight of MCA, DAP and Wee Choo Keong.

    Due to this, if Fong Kui Lun is fielded, then the chances of he wining again is depending on his track record in serving Bukit Bintang. I believe Malay and Indian voters will vote for opposition(s) as they are facing the same problems as urbanites. Furthermore, Bukit Bintang Malays are supporters of KeAdilan.

    Your idea of putting heavyweight in Bukit Bintang maybe a ‘waste’ for Malaysia as a whole as MP in Bukit Bintang mainly there for solving hawkers and day-to-day problems. DAP heavyweights should concentrate on national issues.


  3. monsterball
    Feb 19, 2008 @ 22:08:04

    Doc…Easier said than done.
    I guess DAP political leaders knows exactly what they are doing…which sometimes are showing their arrogant and idiot self too.
    But it is their party….and I am sure the few hundred influencial members are no puppets on the strings to the two LIMs . For better or worst…..they do have a track record…..being a united party too.
    So why should Lim Eng Guan stand at B.Bintang….and risk being voted out by thousands of phantom voters. If it is proven a fair and square game on phantom voter…..then B.Bintang surely is DAP safe seat.
    You have to ask yourself… there any truths about phantom voters. If so…then what DAP is doing is to ensure all those Kingpins are voted in. Is that not a smart move to fight dirty unlevel playing fields in elections?


  4. Sharing
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 01:33:41

    No way to stop such worries when
    1) A Clean and Fair Elections are not provided such that Candidates are well introduced and exposed to the Voters
    2) parachuting of Candidates is promoted
    3) Push of voting Opposition without promoting the Choice of the Right Party and Right Candidates
    4) at least taking 1/2 of Parliament seats are not targeted. Otherwise, the Opposition can never have a chance to amend the Constitution and Laws for the target of People’s Declaration.

    So, the press of a Clean and Fair Election should be press prior to such worries.
    The sequence of Priority has not been well introduced for Voters to think!!
    At the end, some Opposition party could very well hi-jacking the situation for taking more seats than normally could have if People are pushing a deal between Parties on campaigning to avoid 3-corners fight!!

    Overall, the situation mentioned above is NOT HEALTHY AND FAIR for a GE and so to the Candidates and Voters at least!


  5. monsterball
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 14:27:53

    Voting UMNO in .is actually endorsing TDM is a great leader.
    UMNO was dead 28 years ago and right now….it is ‘UMNO BARU”
    Under DTM….UMNO BARU became filthy to buy power and people.
    And he has a team of stooges that are prepared to go to jail…..if corruptions are exposed. Most are smart Chinese businessmen.
    These stooges are also filthy rich and happy now…..if no one exposed them.
    all can judge the massive corruptions by the layers and the police….to ensure he was a dictator and do as he like…….as UMNO BARU can play act and quarrel with each other..but infact protect each other….like blood bother gangsters…as not one high ranking corrupted UMNO BARU person has ever been to jail….have we all not notice it?
    I have written all these and more at Elizabeth Wong’s blog….no need to repeat….but wish to conclude….that if ever UMNO BARU wins again…it is due to the Chinese selfish voters and their mentalities.


  6. VJ
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 22:36:43

    Dear Indian and Chinese frenz ,
    it needs collaboration between Chinese and Indians to make the change . Nothing will change if Indians say “I want salt and not sea” but Chinese say “i want sea but not salt” . Everybody has their own strong reasons , but when comes to nation building it should prevailed in general benefit rather than ‘what is benefit to me and my own house compound ‘ .
    Though we had numerous sad feelings in past we stood behind DrM even when Refomasi took it’s tornado pace . It was for general benefit . We know he was the best in class leader/thinker in politics (have to minus the negatives) . But now , the negatives are too huge . So we dont see any super strong reasons to keep them with full mandate .
    The PM thanked chinese for their contribution for nation’s economy . But back in their umno assembly , many especially umno-putra were against the fact and were arguing because of that there are not much tuan and puan among Bumis . A clear contradiction .
    The PM encourages his men to mingle with people to understand their needs but on the other hand Indians get tear gassed and even children detained .Where is principle and where is the practice ?


  7. VJ
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 22:42:23

    Lot’s of chinese involved in business in Penang are supportive for BN . Those professionals are against BN. I expressed my dismay about this to one of my chinese fren . This is wht he replied to me :

    A lot of conservative Chinese business owner over here. It’s like when we are facing a fierce barking dog. If we stand still and stare at it, it will think twice before it charge at us. But if we run in fear, the dogs will definitely attack us because it know we fear it. The same apply for BN. The more we fear them, the more they discriminate us. But it’s really hard to ‘educate’ the conservative thinking people. Besides, our nation is not really a democratic nation until we have a change in our governing party like US. So far our nation is still classified as pseudo-democratic (like Singapore) by scholars. Without the swing of power, we will never be treated with true justice because they know whatever they had done to us, they will still in power. So hopeless….


  8. Chauncey Gardener
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 00:26:54

    I read on another blog that Bukit Bintang may even be a 4 cornered fight with an independent – Billie Lim – wanting to contest, in addition to the MCA, DAP and MDP.

    Personally, I wuold like to see a 2 way contest which will be for the bigger picture. But how does one convince the players that sacrifices need to be made for the big picture ?

    Realistically, I think Wee Choo Keong just wants to put himself up to see whether he can reclaim his “lost” territory.

    As for Billie Lim, you are missing the picture totally. By all means, you can stand as an independent but Bukit Bintang is not the place where you can make an impact, ‘cos the MCA will pour bags of money and make promises of riches in. And it is this “money” factor that always makes BB a hot seat.


  9. hsudarren
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 09:54:52

    Chauncey Gardener, what is a better and cheaper way to advertise onself than standing in an election? The media will advertise for you free, your every movement and speech will be reported, you become famous. What you lose is the few thousand dollars of deposits, but you gain much more by letting the whole nation know who are u. And where else to stand but in the heart of the nation?


  10. anonymous dud
    Feb 21, 2008 @ 16:46:38

    who knows at last minute LGE surprise everyone and repeat his father footstep to go for BB( bukit bendera, not bukit bintang)…..


  11. jeff
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 01:48:48

    money is alway a factor, who does not like $$ especially all those “poor” rakyat in Malaysia, corrupt politician play that card well.


  12. ahpeng
    Feb 22, 2008 @ 08:26:39

    Time has come to finish off DAP presence in Penang once and for all. Even their supporters are angry at the party dictatorial policy where LIM family come first, not the people of Penang.


  13. jeff
    Feb 25, 2008 @ 10:34:29

    DAP forget this is Malaysia, nobody want your party anymore. even your members are fed up with LIM power grab, last election result shown that voters do not think you are relevant to their life anymore.


  14. Damocles
    Feb 25, 2008 @ 14:04:39

    Many of my compatriots think that the job of MPs are to get their drains cleaned, grass cut, rubbish bins cleared.
    In fact, it is quite hard for them to do such things.
    There is every reason that the city councils will make things difficult for them when they make the requests.
    I have gone to an MP once to get a tree cut because it is slowly decaying.
    I regret to say that till today, the tree is still around.
    However, I do not blame the MP, I blame the government because by making it difficult for the MP to get such things done, it is pressuring the voters in an area to cast their vote for the government.
    This will play into the hands of the BN.
    I have also written a letter to a newspaper after one of the elections when the winner from the BN said that the voters should have voted for them in an earlier election as they will release money to develop the area!
    So, you can see that the government is using such tactics to extort votes from the electorate!
    My letter was published but there was not a squeak from the BN!
    So, why should we give in to blackmail?
    Is this the type of government that we want to continue governing this country?


  15. Kamban
    Feb 25, 2008 @ 17:26:03

    I’d rather not vote the old coalition with a proven track record of major failures .
    Give a chance to prove the capability of the new rookie coalition .


  16. Ah Pek
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 10:08:49

    Track record of Failure? am i still day dreaming … ha ha..Malaysia is so beautiful…


  17. Kamban
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 12:49:07

    She is beautiful no doubt …. but she’s in the hands of a beast. She has wounds and scars that need to be treated . Expect the beast to treat ?? ya that’s the real day dream !


  18. Ah Pek
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 00:18:00

    “Beast” ???? talking about holy book already!!! must be a religious fanatic from Malaysia….ha ha ha..


  19. Kamban
    Feb 28, 2008 @ 15:27:42

    If majority undermines minority is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If using c4 to blow a lady is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If using tax money to buy a $50mil private jet is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If using armed force to break a helpless crowd is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If promoting nepotism while in power is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If breaking a deity in mob style is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If snatching a corpse in the name of religion is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If using ISA as a political insurance is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If use power for absolute corruption is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If could catch a social activist but cant catch a kidnapper is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .
    If penalizing a MP for speaking the truth in Dewan is un-fanatic , then I am fanatic .

    Lastly I’m happy to be an ‘un-fanatic’ fanatic .


  20. kathy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 09:24:06

    PAS can kiss my a** n eat my sh*t!!! courtesy of Malaysian non-muslim.


  21. Kamban
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 19:53:21

    kathy , your blasting shd apply to umno as well…..
    it’s a fact .


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