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July 2, 2018

GE14 was political earthquake, not a tsunami – Academic

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Image result for Faisal S HazisWhat happened during the 14th general election (GE14) was a ‘political earthquake’ rather than just a political tsunami, said academician Faisal S Hazis.

The scholar from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia said all historical trends could not be applied in the GE14 results and cautioned that Malaysians should be aware of the fact that they cannot equate a change of government with a structural change to the country.

For instance, he said 84 per cent of the seats saw multi-cornered fights which usually benefited the incumbents of the government, although this was not the case in GE14.

He admitted that quite a number of academicians and political observers did not see a change of government coming in the May 9 polls.

Based on the data he had gathered thus far, Faisal pointed out that the majority of Malays in the nation had voted against Barisan Nasional (BN), which secured only 39 per cent of the Malay vote compared to 52 per cent in 2013.

At the same time, however, he said not many Malay votes went to Pakatan Harapan (PH) either.

“Based on the information we have, BN had popular votes of about 33.8 per cent in GE14 compared to 47 per cent in 2013 while PH registered 45 per cent popular votes compared to 36 per cent in 2013.

“If you combine the popular votes of PAS which is 16.9 per cent with what PH polled, they actually have 63 to 64 per cent popular votes. This goes to show that two-thirds of the voters rejected BN,” he said at the ‘Malaysia Baru: Adakah Rakyat Boss?’ (New Malaysia: Are People The Bosses?) political forum here yesterday.

Faisal said many had also not anticipated PAS retaining Kelantan and winning Terengganu as well as making inroads in Kedah.

He also noted that PH had made a clean sweep of all Chinese-majority seats with an unprecedented 90 per cent of Chinese voters supporting PH in the GE14.

This led him to assert that PH has to work a lot harder to win Malay votes in the next general election.

“It is also interesting to note that although BN retained Perlis and Pahang, the popular votes were under 50 per cent. And in Sarawak, more than 50 per cent of the voters had voted for BN – the only state in the nation which did that.

“While BN had ‘fixed deposit’ states in Sarawak and Sabah last time, PH also has its fixed deposit states which are Penang and Selangor,” he said.

Faisal also said it was regrettable that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak failed to make inroads in Malay areas in the state, meaning that it now has its work cut out to win over the Malay votes in time for the coming state election, which can be expected in three years.

He also appealed to Malaysians to ponder over what a new Malaysia is, rather than being receptive to what their political leaders have told them.

“What is the definition of ‘new Malaysia’? For now, your source should be the PH manifesto and you should memorise the PH manifesto like how you memorise the Al Quran and the Bible.

“You need to scrutinise and make sure that this government follows the manifesto and if they don’t, you should tell them off,” he said.

As far as Faisal is concerned, Malaysians are not yet seeing a ‘new Malaysia’ but are moving towards achieving the target.

He also wondered why Sarawak is focusing so much on its fight for autonomy when there is yet to be a check-and-balance system in the state.

“Sarawak has been getting billions of funding over the decades but Sarawakians seem not to be wondering where such money has gone to.

“For example, Sarawak was given RM33 billion worth of oil and gas royalties in 1978 but many rural areas in the state remain not connected with power and water.

“So even if you have the autonomy, it seems like the benefits won’t go to ordinary people like you and me. It will be risky to have autonomy in the case of not seeing check-and-balance.”

Faisal also observed that many Sarawakians had allowed themselves to be intimidated by certain quarters and thereby failing to play the role of ‘being the boss’.

“If you really want autonomy, which GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) is fighting for, Sarawakians should make sure that the autonomy comes with accountability.

“You have to make sure that it will be managed transparently and with just. I think Sarawakians should play a national role to influence the national agenda instead of focusing on state agenda,” he said.

As such, he called upon the people to be a part of civil society organisations (CSOs) and do some groundwork to see progress, transparency and structural change in the nation.

“A new Malaysia is still a work in progress, so do not be delusional that we are already a new Malaysia. But we are hopeful that we can see a new Malaysia because we definitely cannot transform the country under BN.

“Do not just complain on WhatsApp chat groups. You should take action by getting organised and joining CSOs. We all should play a role to monitor the government’s performance.”

Source : The Borneo Post Online by Lim How Pim



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    Umno leader reveals ‘official letter’ on ‘junior saver’ account freeze
    6 Jul 2018, 12:39 pm (Updated 6 Jul 2018, 1:20 pm)

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    An Umno leader has revealed the alleged official letter on the freezing of three CIMB bank accounts under the name of former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s daughter Nooryana Najwa.

    In an Instagram posting, Lokman Noor Adam said this included Nooryana’s son’s Junior Saver account which is under the 10-month-old toddler’s mother’s name…

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    Fighting for Justice
    6/Jul/2018 at 2:11:15pm
    All Dumno are stupid. They are purposely kept that way. Their brains are kept at a mocrocephalic manner by the bigshots of Umno so that they are not intelligent enough to ask questions. Now that their Big Boss is framed and all money frozen they are behaving like a deflated balloon, talking nonsense.

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:11:02pm
    Another Jamal’s equivalent is taking over

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:07:05pm
    Lokman don’t underestimate the investigating team. Soon the RM2.6B charge will come and all from UMNO and you will be shocked. Looks some people are still living inside the coconut shell and that’s why they support kleptocrats.

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:06:57pm
    Lokman, Umno is not government now. Don’t talk like you are in power!!!

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:06:13pm
    This Lokman seems pushing more chargers for his ex-boss. Don’t be happy. As mentioned by TT more chargers are on their way. Perhaps worst is that carrying the mandatory death sentence regarding the murder of late Altantuya.

    Anonymous 2401191456463140
    6/Jul/2018 at 2:06:03pm
    Lokman i am shocked that you are shocked ! Period.

    Anonymous 2460431488547967
    6/Jul/2018 at 2:04:56pm
    Lokman, this is just the beginning-lah, the easy case first. Sabar, bro, there will be more to come, and you do not need to ask when! No need to be too worked out on the “technical error” by SPRM. Baby account can be unfreeze, as long as no mega duit Raya in it, like Saudi derma in Ambank for Grandpa.

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:04:01pm
    Jamal Jamban in jail now. Better u use your brain before open mouth. Maybe next is you.

    Tok Jangut
    6/Jul/2018 at 2:03:22pm
    AG please put more chargers. They are not happy Najib has so little charges.

    Annonnymous 080
    6/Jul/2018 at 2:02:02pm
    I am surprised that Najib had this fellow as his staffer, one who doesnt understand the intricacies of ownership of bank acc …until the child reaches certain age, ie 18, the child has no legal standing and thus the trustee is the one who is legally responsible..as the acc is under her IC, all accs automatically is frozen without any discrimination. Now she has to g to courts and get this sorted…..just like what her father n mother did to many of us

    6/Jul/2018 at 2:02:01pm
    Idiot kaki dedaks.

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:59:56pm
    Why people are soo dumb??

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:59:32pm
    Lokman said he was shocked when Najib was not charged in relation to this accusation but was instead slapped with four charges related to the SRC International issue. Eh UMNO polisher, don’t be too bodoh. The charges related to SRC is related to the entire 1MDB’s mega scam, and more will come to hunt all of your corupt master. Either you are in denial, or to stupid to understand the logic of the case! Too many dedak, I guess! Question to ponder:1) why did Najib ask for interim gap order? – because he knew he is equally guilty in perception, as well as in the legal fact!2) why did Najib request to remove Thomas from leading the case against him? – because he knew he will go to Sg. Buloh!3) why did Najib is in a state of denial, and continously using it as his self-defence strategy since GE14? – because it is difficult to make people understand something when his salary depends upon not to understand it! As long as UMNO is corrupt and full with people like Lokman, ex-UMNO like myself will vote them out from power!

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:59:09pm
    Kerana akaun tersebut ada kaitan dgn najib. mana tahu itu wang 1mdb pulak.

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:57:23pm
    It doesnt matter if the account is of a baby or an old man. A bank account can be used to store and transfer funds. Get that through your thick head.

    Open mind
    6/Jul/2018 at 1:55:42pm
    How do make people understand the meaning of corruption. Does it just stop at 1mdb? Mr ex-pm has his hands on so many funds and projects as pm and finance minister. This is just a start. Be patient and wait. 1mdb will come

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:55:10pm
    Everyone knows the account holder manages such accounts on behalf of their underaged children. The money in the account practically and legally belongs to the account holder. Why the fuss?

    6/Jul/2018 at 1:54:18pm
    MACC freezed all accounts under Nooryana’s name which was believed appeared in Najib’s Am Bank account where RM42 million from KWAP money was deposited. If any accounts from her was not involved in SRC International scandal, all she has to do is to apply for it to be unfreezed. The authority will do the necessary to correct the mistake. Making police report for the mistake which could be easily corrected is over doing. The authority should mark down this UMNO guy and check on everthing he does to make sure whatever he does is legal. Arrest him for anything usual even if it is a mistake. Tit for tat is the only way to teach this arrogant UMNO goon a lesson. Under Najib’s regime, would any mistake carried out by govt enforcement agency is Najib’s fault too? What has TDM to do with the mistake done by MACC enforcement officer?

    Comment by GPS — July 6, 2018 @ 2:15 PM | Reply

  2. Malaysians should not read too much into the comments or opinions of political analysis. None of them are experts as they often claimed. At best they are just political commentators.

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — July 3, 2018 @ 8:07 PM | Reply

  3. Yes earthquake is a warning to Umno.
    GE15 will be tsunami to drown out Umno since it is not reforming but turing right with old guards.

    Comment by Majidi — July 3, 2018 @ 11:27 AM | Reply

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