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List of new councilors for Selangor 2010/2011 term

July 7th, 2010
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My area councilor still remain.

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government has set up a 20-member local government advisory council comprising former councillors and members of NGOs and professional bodies.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the advisory body was independent and would not interfere with the running of the councils.

“They will take on an advisory role on policies and strategies. They provide recommendations to the state executive council in charge of local government headed by Ronnie Liu,” he said after releasing a list of 288 councillors for the state’s 12 local councils here yesterday.

He said the advisory council would also focus on issues like implementing local council elections, waste management contracts and welfare of local council employees.

Liu said the advisory council members would be paid a “slightly higher” allowance than the councillors but the amount had not been fixed.

“They will hold meetings at least once every two months,” said Liu.

List of Selangor councillors for the 2010/2011 term

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)

1. Abd Manaf Yusoff
2. Adzhar Maludin
3. Ang Leng Kiat
4. Azli Yusof
5. Datuk Seri Indah Diraja Datuk Abu Bakar Abdul Hamid
6. Dr Daroyah Alwi
7. Ganabatirau Veraman*
8. Izham Hashim
9. K. Gunasekaran*
10. Kamarudzaman Sanusi
11. Mariam Abdul Rashid
12. Mesni Mohd Dahlan*
13. Mohd Harris Abu Bakar
14. Mohd Ismahali Ridzwan Ismail*
15. Ng Boon Teck
16. Noraini Hussin*
17. Norhalim Sirome
18. Pushpa Lingam Sinnakanu*
19. Raja Sarinah Raja Alias*
20. Sivarajan Arumugam
21. Tan Ah Kow @ Tan Sie Wai
22. Tengku Ahmad Tengku Kasim*
23. Yogasigamany Krishnasamy *
24. Zulkhairy Mohd Nasar*

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)

1.Ahmad Yusof Ludin
2.Anthony Siva Balan Thanasayan
3.Chan Chee Kong
4.Cynthia Manonmani Michael Gabriel
5.Derek John Fernandez
6.Ghazali Shaari
7.Halimey Abu Bakar
8.Jeyaseelen T. Anthony *
9.Kamarudin Suhaimi
10.Kandiah Subramaniam *
11.Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin *
12.Latheefa Beebi Koya
13.Mahharul Ismail
14.Mak Khuin Weng
15.Muzammil Hafiz
16.Prof Madya Dr Melasutra Md Dali
17.Richard Yeoh Yong Woi
18.Selvarajan Rathinam
19.Syed Abd Malik Syed A. Hamid Al Jafree
20.Tang Fui Koh
21.Terence Tan Teck Seng
22.Tiew Way Keng
23.Tiong Boon Keong
24.Tony Cheong Siew Thong *

Klang Municipal Council (MPKlang)

1. Andy Tan Hwai Yih *
2. Azmizam Zaman Huri
3. Datuk Setia Diraja Datuk Abdul Ghani Pateh Akhir
4. Deepakaran Karuppiah *
5. Dr Nendu Chelian *
6. Hamidah Mat Som
7. Ismail Arsat
8. Ivan Ho Fook Keong
9. Jamuliddin Elias
10. Lim Lip Suan
11. Maneyvannan Velue
12. Mat Irwan Ismail
13. Mohd Azmi Husain @ Yusoff *
14. Nalan M. Muniandy @ Balan *
15. Ng Swee Seng *
16. Noor Najhan Mohd Salleh *
17. Nor’ain Eusoff
18. Prof Madya Choo Teck Keong
19. Selvadurai Subramaniam
20. Sundarajoo Periasamy *
21. Tai Teck Chuan
22. Tan Heng Kim
23. Tee Boon Hock
24. Yew Boon Lye

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ)

1. Arumugam Kalimuthu
2.Azizan Jamaluddin *
3.Cheah Sang Soon
4.Chong Hoong Ming
5.Edward Ling Sieak Meeng *
6.Gan Kam Seng *
7.Ismail Kamal Abdul Rahman
8.Jaberi Ami *
9.Keshminder Singh K.Karam Singh
10.Loka Ng Sai Kai *
11.Michael Tamilarason K.Nadaysen
12.Mohd Nasir Yusof
13.Ng Sze Han
14.Noor Azam Aziz *
15.Norhesni Ismail
16.Pooi Weng Keong
17.Rajiv Rishyakaran
18.Robert Tan Siang Chiok
19.Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir
20.Sapiyan Mohd Din
21.Stephen Chin Sou Bong
22.Sufari Tinnin
23.Tai Cheng Heng
24.Tan Jo Hann

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ)

1. Abdul Jalil Hasan
2. Abdul Latif Shaari
3. Ali Ismail
4. Azlan Mat Din*
5. Cheong Chye Wah
6. Ee Wai Leong*
7. Hamsah Djabir*
8. Jafrien Muhammad
9. Lee Shok Jing
10. Mat Jusoh Dollah*
11. Meor Rithuan Mohamed Said
12. Mohamad Samat*
13. Nik Md Zain Nik Mohamad
14. Razali Ramly
15. Sharifah Zaharah Syed Agil*
16. Sian Keng Eng*
17. Soorianarayanan
18. Subramaniam Rengasamy*
19. Supiramany
20. Tnew Kon Huang
21. Wan Hasrina Wan Hassan
22. Wong Khai Pun
23. Yazid Alias*
24. Zambri Kamaruddin*

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS)

1. A Rahim b. Ahmad Kasdi
2. Abdul Majid Hasan*
3. Abd Rahim Abd Wahab
4. Datuk Paduka Raja Datuk Wan Mahmood Pa’ Wan Teh
5. Gunarajah R. George
6. Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan
7. Husnal Azahari Sanusi*
8. Khatifah Zamani Sulong
9. Lee Khai Loon
10. Lee Sew Hong*
11. Lim Ching How
12. Low Hock Kheng*
13. Maznah Abd Aziz
14. Md. Sabri Md. Taib
15. Murugan @ Murugeshu Arumugam
16. Nanto Gopalan Krishnan Rajoo*
17. Roslin Mohd. Rosli
18. Salsasiah Disa*
19. Tan Hui Chuan
20. Tan Pok Shyong*
21. Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji
22. Zulkifli Hamzah
23. Zaidy Abu Talib*
24. Zulnizam Shahrani

Sepang Municipal Council (MPSp)

1. Azlan Mohd Samin
2. Foo Weng Fui
3. Gunalan Velayuthan
4. Hajarah Abu Samat*
5. Hidrat Samsudin
6. Jashela Ayuni Shahidan
7. Kapt (B) Jaafar Pangat
8. Lau Weng Chan
9. Lwi Kian Keong
10. Maanor Yusoff*
11. Mashadi Saein*
12. Mohamad Azif Mohamad Aris*
13. Mohamed Makki Ahmad
14. Mohd. Haslin Hassan
15. Prof. Tengku Datuk Dr Jamaluddin Tengku Mahmud Shah Al Haj
16. Pulanthran Munisamy
17. Rajalingam Ramayah*
18. Ramlan Sajadi
19. Salehudin Muhamad
20. Santokh Singh Perumal*
21. Sivakumar Periasamy*
22. Teo Lian Sang*
23. Titus Gladwyn S G Gomez
24. Wong Chuan How

Sabak Bernam District Council (MDSB)

1. Abu Talib Bujang
2. Ahzaman Mat Noor
3. Anna Ramasamy Muthan*
4. Azhar Achil*
5. Azman Masri
6. Datuk Baharin @ Abdullah Mat Akhir
7. Dr Osman Sabran*
8. Faiza Samsi*
9. Hamidah Abd Malek
10. Lee Beng San*
11. Lim Choon Kiat
12. Loo Kim Yong
13. Low Tek Lem*
14. Mah Eng Kian
15. Muhamad Jail Ikhsan*
16. Ng Swee Lee
17. Noordin Atan
18. Omar Hashim*
19. Selvodory Subramaniam
20. Sia Chock Sung*
21. Siti Latiffah Binti Maulud
22. Tan Ah Kau
23. Yunus Ismail*
24. Zulkifli Ibrahim

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj)

1.Adram Musa*
2.Arutchelvan A/l Subramaniams
3.Chan Jeong Hon
4.Chandra Mohan S.Thambirajah
5.Cheong Siow Foon*
6.Datuk Noorhisham Ishak*
7.Datuk Ungku Abdul Rani Shamsuddin
8.Lee Ah Seng
9.Lee Kee Hiong
10.Lee Learn Eng
11.Lim Khey Hoong
12.Mazwan Bin Johar
13.Mohammed Yusoff Bachek
14.Mohd Mohyiddin Bin Mohamed Mesbah
15.Mohd Sany Hamzan*
16.Mohd Shafie Ngah
17.Narayanan Perumal
18.Ng Tien Chee
19.Norsiah Md Nor *
20.Ong Seng Peng
21.Razaly Hassan
22.Samsol Bahari
23.Tan Boon Wah
24.Zulfikar Ali Ariffin*

Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL)

1.Ang Lee Yong*
2.Gan Kai Soon
3.Gunalan Balakrishnan*
4.Hasnul Baharuddin
5.Karunakaran Annavy
6.Lim Kuan Sion*
7.Maniarasan Ramaswary
8.Mesari Jasman*
9.Mohd Ghazali Abdullah*
10.Munusamy Erishin
11.Ng Khee Chong
12.Norazmi Mohamed Tahir
13.Othman Dol
14.Razali Ahmad
15.Rizuan Rahmat
16.Salmah Muhammad
17.Sapariah Sarmidi
18.Shaari Sarkoni*
19.Shamsuddin Kasran
20.Sivapregas Kuppan*
21.Wong Kim Loon
22.Y.A.D Raja Dato’ Uzair Tengku Zainon Rashid Shah
23.Yap Lai Keng
24.Yong Keh Chyn

Kuala Selangor District Council (MDKS)

1.Ahmad Alang*
2.Ang Boon Teik
3.Azli bin Idris
4.Dato’ Mohamad Yaacob Ismail
5.Jegathesan Subramaniam*
6.Kwi Ai Mei
7.Lakshmanan Subramoniam
8.Lim Piang Nam
9.Low Tan
10.Misran Serman
11.Mohd Faizal Baharuddin
12.Mohd Faizal Mohd Barja*
13.Mohd Fakaruddin Ismail*
14.Navaratna Chandreen Kanagaratnam
15.Nor Az Azlan Ahmad
16.Norfaizah Ismail*
17.Selvandran Pongudian
18.Sharuddin Dahlan
19.Siti Zalaha Abdul Rashid*
20.Tanarashu Krishnan*
21.Tee Peng*
22.Thirumoorthy Peri
23.Yap Kee Thian
24.Zainal Abidin bin Abdul Samad

Hulu Selangor District Council (MDHS)

1.Abdul Wahid B. Basri,
2.Arun@Harun Abdullah*
3.Chan Fook Heng*
4.Chan Kok Siew
5.Chandran Subramaniam*
6.Chua Yee Ling
7.Dato’ Aman Shah Mohd Shahar
8.Dr G Sukhdev Singh Ranu*
9.Gunasekaran Karpayah*
10.Hamiruddin b. Parman
11.June Leow*
12.Kamaliyah Bien*
13.Law Say Hin
14.Law Suet Peng
15.Look Soo Mooi*
16.Mahyuddin Ismail
17.Mai Mt Zin
18.Mat Rahat Ibrahim*
19.Mohammed Salleh Ri
20.Ong Thiam Hock
21.Rames Ittan*
22.Razali Mokhtar*
23.Sazali Nor Saham*
24.Yong Chan Hee

* new councillors

from the Star

Lucky Folks in Kg Baru

June 20th, 2010
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Just a week ago, FT Minister Nong Chik said the land owners in Kg Baru have agreed in general to his proposal. But this was disputed by a group called MAS (Kampung Baru Malay Agricultural Settlement Administrative Board) who said no such agreement have been made. Now, Selangor’s MB Khalid is trying to put a leg in, by offering to meet the land owners with an alternative plan for development of Kg Baru.

Obviously, Minister Nong Chik is unhappy, but legally, can anyone stop someone from proposing plans? Ultimately the land owners have to decide themselves on how to proceed to develop the area.

I consider the alternative proposals, be it from Pakatan Rakyat’s Khalid or anyone else, a good thing. Having option will ensure competition to provide the best. Now, the FT Ministry mostly likely have to up the tempo and offer better plan. The land owners are kings now, and hopefully they will decide well.

This should be a lesson learnt for the voters and citizens. Know our rights, make sure we are valued by both sides, always look for alternatives, bargain hard, and decide wisely.

Federal Territories Minister Raja Datuk Nong Chik Zainal Abidin today told the Selangor mentri besar not to disrupt Putrajaya’s plan to redevelop Kampung Baru.

Raja Nong Chik alleged that Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim previously did not show any interest in Kampung Baru when leading the government fund management firm, PNB.

“I was shocked when Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim said he wants to meet Kampung Baru residents,” said Raja Nong Chik at the launch of Lembah Pantai branch of the Malay rights group Perkasa here.

“I can only tell him one thing, mind you own business. There are a lot of problems in Selangor that he can look into,” he said.

He said Khalid’s sudden interest in Kampung Baru could be caused by PKR’s lack of popularity among the Malay community.

“Today because PKR does not enjoy the support of the Malays, he is pretending to be interested in Kampung Baru,” said Raja Nong Chik.

“There is no other reason but to cause disunity among the Malays in Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Earlier today Khalid had said that he would meet with Kampung Baru residents in July to present the state government’s plans for the residents of the 110-year old Malay settlement.

He said the plan was drawn up 15 to 20 years ago upon the request of the federal government.

Although in Kuala Lumpur, Khalid had said that Selangor has administrative obligations to Kampung Baru.

He had pointed out that before Kuala Lumpur was made a Federal Territory, the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) was the entity responsible for developing Kampung Baru and the law stipulates that managerial rights still remain with the Selangor mentri besar.

Raja Nong Chik however dismissed Khalid’s claim on the power of the Selangor mentri besar over Kampung Baru.

“He was just speaking on historical aspect. If you want to talk about history, Selangor should still be under the control of Malacca,” he said.

On the claims by Kampung Baru Malay Agricultural Settlement Administrative Board (MAS) that the body must give an agreement before the development can proceed, Raja Nong Chik said the matter is up to the individual land owners.

“Legally they don’t have the right but we do not want to push anybody out of the negotiation,” he told reporters.

“Legally it is the right of the landowners. MAS cannot do anything, even the government cannot do anything,” said Raja Nong Chik.

He said he had met all the stakeholders involved in the redevelopment proposal including MAS adding that the final decision rest with the landowners and beneficiaries.

“We do not expect 100 per cent to agree one way or another. It can be a long process,” said Raja Nong Chik.

in honor of David

May 4th, 2010
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There was a brouhaha last week as the Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor proposed to rename Jalan Barat in PJ to Jalan V.David in honor of the statesman who fought for workers rights. David was also an MP for Bangsar, Puchong and Damansara.

Dr David, who died in July 2005 was a unionist and a former opposition DAP politician.

He won a seat in parliament representing the constituencies of Bangsar in 1959 and Damansara in 1978.

In parlaiment, he was known to be fearless and vocal in raising labour and Indian community issues.

He also served as MTUC secretary-general from 1976 to 1992. He was also the Transport Workers Union secretary-general from 1958 to 1995.

David was best known for setting up the Workers Institute of Technology (WIT) in Port Klang in the early 1970s, which provided education opportunities for thousands of workers’ children over the years.

At the international level, he served as the executive board member of the International Transport Federation and the International Confederation of Free Trade Union, and represented Malaysian workers at numerous International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was arrested under the Emergency Ordinance in 1958 and then arrested again under the Internal Security Act 1964, 1969 (after May 13 racial riots) and 1987.

However, the proposal received opposition from some groups, and subsequently the plan was shelved. The Selangor MB said that PJ will be undergoing major redevelopment, and thus the renaming will be done later.

Meanwhile, members from four NGOs gathered near Jalan Barat in Petaling Jaya on Friday to protest the name change. Datin Paduka Norkhaila Jamaluddin, who is the chairman for Permuafakatan Petaling Jaya Selatan, Community Bestari Taman Medan and Kelab Kebajikan Wanita Petaling Jaya Selatan said the group was against the name change because they could not see the point.

“Why should we change the name because the (Malaysian Trades Union Congress) office is here? David did not contribute to the development of PJ,” she said.

“We have Jalan Barat, Jalan Timur and Jalan Utara, but you’re taking away one of them that is widely known among PJ folk?” she added.

She also said the change of name must have been politically motivated.

Kelab Rakan Muda Petaling Jaya Selatan chairman Jamaluddin Alias said the group wanted a convincing explanation.

“We never had to rename a road under the previous government, why are we doing this now while the person the road is going to be named after did not really contribute to this constituency?” he said.

Meanwhile, former MBPJ councillor Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou said Jalan Barat had its place in PJ history and thus should not be renamed.

“It has been and still is the policy of MBPJ to retain the name of the roads for historical significance. The exception in the case if the road is a numerical number. Thus Jalan 222 was renamed Jalan P.P. Narayan.

“Jalan Barat has been in existence these 50 odd years and all PJ residents know the locality,” he said, adding that the road was also the address for many famous landmarks in PJ.

He pointed out that changing the name to Jalan V. David would economically affect residents, offices, business centres as many would have to change their details on MyKad, bank accounts and others.

He added that PJ’s Jalan Barat, Jalan Utara and Jalan Timur served as directions leading to the administrative hub of the commercial part of “New Town.

“PJ is just 58 years old and all out effort must be taken to maintain all nooks and corners, and recognise them in history.

“If the Selangor Government wants to recognise the contribution of Dr V. David then replace one of the many roads with numbers such as Jalan 223 or in a new housing estate or even in Puchong where he was a MP,” he added.

According Selangor EXCO Ronnie Liu, there are plans to redevelop PJ (whatever that means):

Liu clarified the situation, saying there has yet to be a final word on which road will be renamed.

“Initially it was either Jalan Barat or Persiaran Barat, but because the whole area is to undergo extensive redevelopment we felt we should spend some time on planning… we will certainly go through with renaming (a road),” he said.

Meanwhile, MIBA president, Sivakumar had this to say:

I was annoyed when I saw a news broadcast recently on NTV 7 where a group of people were protesting against the re-naming of Jalan Barat to Jalan V David in Petaling Jaya.

Since independence, the government has been re-naming roads, particularly those with colonial names with that of prominent Malaysians to honour them for their contributions to society.

Dr V David was one such person. He was a well-known veteran politician who had done much for the cause of workers, particularly transport workers.

He was largely responsible for putting up the Transport Workers Union building in Jalan Barat of which he was the general secretary for a long time.

The Selangor government’s action in re-naming Jalan barat as Jalan V David is a fitting choice to honour this well-known personality since the Transport Workers Union building is located along that road.

After all, Jalan Barat is not anybody’s name but just an extract of a name and re-naming it as Jalan V David is not an obnoxious act as some make it out to be.

Even though the Selangor government’s action deserves praise, there are always people who are out to criticise or condemn such action.

However, to the Selangor government, I say Syabas! You have done a virtuous act to honour a fellow Malaysian whose contributions to society had remained unrecognised hitherto.

Readers may remember a similar scenario in Perak when a road (Jalan Silibin) was to be renamed after DAP stalwart P.Patto. Lots of protest and the family of late Patto was also unhappy over these complaints. In the end, the plan was shelved. So, I guess you can’t help comparing both cases.

I too think that instead of renaming a road, it would be better to allocate names to new roads or housing areas or buildings. This would be acceptable to all, except the few who have nothing better to do than oppose for sake of opposing. We also need to remember that some of the older generation may not be aware of iconic figures during their own time due to lack of education, exposure and/or awareness, while the younger generation won’t know most of the local multi-racial historical figures due to the way our school history books are written. So, better off to just give new road or facilities such names.

15 year old shot dead by police

April 27th, 2010
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Firstly, I’m curious on why a 15 year old is outside his home at 2am. Nowadays I notice its easy to find youngsters loitering around outside their homes after 10pm. Some hang out in groups, cycling around aimlessly while others hang out at mamak shops, burger stalls, 7-11 etc.  I think first thing that concerned citizens and enforcement officers should do is to ensure people age below 18 are in their respective homes after certain time (like 10pm for example).  This can drastically reduced the possibility of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” or mixing with bad hats. I really wonder what can be so important until a underage person can be outside his or her house at late night. Yeah, call me old-fashioned/cruel/ignorant or whatever, but this is what I feel.

The deceased mother’s comments:

“I know my son. He is not as they report in the newspapers. I know who my son was,” insisted Norsiah Mohamad, 60.

Secondly, notice the different version of the shooting.

Police have their version:

Speaking to the press yesterday, Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar (right) was reported as having said the police chased Aminulrasyid after chancing upon him and the other suspect “in suspicious circumstances”.

Rather than slowing down after being told to stop their car, the teenager sped up. The police then shot at a tyre of the Iswara, said Khalid.

After the car stopped, he added, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and escaped on foot.

The driver of the vehicle suddenly reversed the car and tried to ram into the police personnel – who had by then been joined by officers from another patrol unit.

“Surprised by the action of the suspect and (trying) to defend himself, the police officer shot in the direction of the suspect in the car,” said Khalid.

The suspect died on the way to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang due to the injury sustained, added the police chief.

A long machete was found in the Iswara by police personnel, Khalid said.

The “witness” version:

According to the police report lodged by a witness involved in the incident, he and Aminulrasyid were returning home in the latter’s Proton Iswara from a restaurant in Section 7.

After overtaking a police MPV, they were chased, then shot at by the police until the car was forced to the side of the road.

“I went out of the car to surrender. One of the police personnel kicked me from behind, while others punched and kicked me.

“I struggled and was able to escape from the police, then went straight home,” said the witness in his police report.

There’s a problem with both versions in terms of credibility. The police version may be thought of trying to protect themselves, as is with the witness who was in the car. So, forensic evidence need to be used to determine the truth.

Interestingly, the boy was shot in the head it seems, and conveniently, there was a weapon in the car. I wonder if toxicology reports of  the victim, witness and the policemen involved will reveal anything.

Thirdly, I’m amazed at the speed some quarters offer support to the family. Never really seen it in other cases involving you-know-who. Both Selangor state government and Selangor UMNO are trying to out do each other. I guess its about votes. In this case, people are actually proactive to set up special panel, wanting to bring up issue in Cabinet meeting, discuss in state exco meeting, meet up with Selangor police chief, and offering legal aid.

I also wonder if Hindraf or HRP will take up this case as well.

Hulu Selangor by-election analysis

April 25th, 2010
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Just as I thought from the beginning, BN wins back this seat with 1,725 majority, overturning a 198 vote deficit in GE 2008 (1725+198 = 1923 swing). The official count is BN  24,997 votes against PKR 23,272.

The voter turnout was higher than in GE 2008 as well, a total of 48,935 voters out of the total 64,500 voters or 75.87 per cent have cast their ballots compared to about 75.24% (47,622 voters; 1466 spoilt votes) in GE 2008. There’s an increase of 1,313 voters with about 731 spoilt votes. [note: a report says 1003 new voters. Need to update this article once details are confirmed]

Let’s look at the results first. The majority is much less than the KPI set by DPM Muhyiddin (6000 votes) and less than the 3000 votes predicted by Ibrahim Ali (yeah, that fella!). It is nearly 9 times the majority of the previous election result (198 vs 1725). However its about 3.5% of the total votes only, so not exactly a significant majority. However, as some may point out, it can be an endorsement of PM Najib’s leadership since he called it a referendum of his leadership.

Most interestingly, 37.5% of the winning votes came from postal voters! Yup, BN got 767 while PKR got 120 (spoilt votes 89).

Postal votes: 647

new votes (compared to GE 2008): (1313-731[spoilt vote]) = 582

= 1,229

Effectively, there’s only a difference of 496 (1725-1229) votes + 198 vote swinging back, which is 694 votes.   So, I’ll say its still a dicey win for BN, and in a way, Pakatan has done quick OK to reduce the loss. However, a win is still a win and BN will do well to work on this victory in Sibu and future elections.

Pakatan failed to get the intended results from the Chinese and Indian community to offset the expected loss of votes in Malay areas.

PKR’s Fuziah’s views:

“According to our figures, the voter turnout in the Felda areas were a little less than 70 per cent. The Chinese that came out to vote were only about 75 per cent and for the Indian voters, the turnout in the estates were lower than those in the towns. For the Malays, only about 70 per cent turned out,” said Fuziah.

Let’s look at some of the stream results provided by Malaysiakini:

… BN has won big in Malay-majority areas, especially the Felda settlements. While PKR has won the Chinese-majority areas, but its margin of victory in these areas is not big enough to compensate its loss in the Malay-majority area.

… PKR has won all Chinese-majority areas, while at the same time losing allMalay-majority areas.

According the ‘saluran’ results, young voters have voted overwhelmingly for Pakatan.

In addition, it appears that Indian voters have generally return to BN’s fold.

Early results show PKR winning two-thirds of the votes in Chinese-majority areas, below the 85 percent which DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has wanted. According to Lim, PKR will need to win that much to win.

Most of the Chinese-majority areas have been counted, with PKR leading by 1,226 votes. About 30 percent of the votes counted.

6.37pm: On-the-spot analysis

According to early results, PKR is leading by a wide margin in Chinese areas and by a slight margin in mixed areas and is trailing behind BN in Malay areas.

For PKR to win, it needs to win big in Chinese and mixed areas to cover its expected loss in Malay areas.

6.34pm: Unofficial results

Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 2 – PKR 203, BN 77
Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 4 – PKR 256, BN 73
Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 207, BN 56

Unofficial – PKR 666, BN 206

6.29pm: Unofficial results (PKR 2,972, BN 2,259)

Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 135, BN 82
Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 2 – PKR 272, BN 212
Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 3 – PKR 490, BN 205

Unofficial – PKR 897, BN 499

6.23pm: Unofficial results

Kg Baru Batang Kali (Chinese area), saluran 1- PKR 220, BN 58
Hulu Yam Barat (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 205, BN 184
Ampang Pecah (Malay area), saluran 5 – PKR 148, BN 216
Hulu Yam Barat (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 224, BN 168
Kg Gumut (Malay area), saluran 1 – PKR 104, BN 172 

Unofficial – PKR 901, BN 798

6.18pm: Unofficial results

Kg Sungai Tengi Selatan (Malay Felda), saluran 1 – PKR 62, BN 176
Kuala Kalumpang (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 98, BN 128
Kg Baru Rasa (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 301, BN 75
Kg Bahru Kerling (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 268, BN 122 

Unofficial – PKR 729, BN 501

6.13pm: Unofficial results

Kuala Kalumpang, saluran 1 – PKR 98, BN 128
Ulu Yam Barat, saluran 1 – PKR 171, BN 94
Kg Bharu Kerling, saluran 1 – PKR 172, BN 83
Pertak Bukit Fraser – PKR 22, BN 15
Pertak, saluran 2 – PKR 18, BN 98
Ampang Pecah, saluran 1 – PKR 105, BN 155

Unofficial – PKR 491, BN 445

As mentioned above, the support from non–Malays was not enough to offset the lesser support from Malay community.

OK, the reason for the results can be various factors, some of which I list below. I’m sure the political experts will do a more detailed analysis later.

– change of voter polling station (causing confusion)

– goodies from BN for FELDA, Chinese community, and Indian community (calculated to be nearly RM60 million worth in total. UPDATE: one Chinese newspaper says its RM167 million!)

– goodies from PR for the local communities (not enough?)

– postal voters (37.5% of the majority comes from here!)

– BN candidate approach versus Pakatan candidate approach

– Personal attack on Pakatan candidate which affected Muslim votes

– Lack of support from PAS from start

– Impact of PM Najib’s 1Malaysia

– lack of interest in “national issues” by voters

– better BN election machinery to handle rural area

– Personal visit by PM Najib

– Kg Buah Pala residents campaign

– Hindraf non-support

– MAIKA news and Samy Vellu’s departure in 14 months

– string of defections in Pakatan Rakyat camp in Perak, Kelantan, Selangor etc.

I wondered earlier if having another Indian MP in the Dewan Rakyat will bring any difference to the Indian community. Would Kamalanathan highlight community problems, something which all the other MPs failed to do in last 2 years? I don’t think so. He will be governed by the BN system and have “work” the system. Hopefully more issues can be solved with the additional MIC man.

Well, congrats to Mr Kamalanathan, hopefully God gives him the wisdom to do the right things and serve his constituency to best of his ability. As for Zaid Ibrahim, better luck next time.

On to Sibu then! 🙂