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Malaysiakini: Anwar: We can deny BN two-thirds majority

Posted on: February 20, 2008

Anwar: We can deny BN two-thirds majority
Beh Lih Yi | Feb 20, 08 5:32pm
For 50 years since Independence, opposition parties have been unable to cobble together enough seats to break the domination of Parliament, first by the Alliance and then its successor Barisan Nasional (BN).

However, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim is confident of a massive change come the general election on March 8.

anwar ibrahim election 2008 interview 190208 close“We will deny the (BN a) two-thirds majority. I am very positive about this, notwithstanding all the fraudulent processes, cheating, ‘phantom’ voters, 120-year-old men and women going to vote or people springing up from the graves.

“With all that, we still can press for more than one-third of the seats,” he told Malaysiakini and Singapore’s Channel News Asia in a 40-minute interview at his Petaling Jaya office yesterday.

In order to do that, the three main opposition parties – PAS, DAP and PKR – will have to win at least 75 of the 222 parliamentary seats being contested in this election.

In their best performance in recent years, the 1999 general election, they jointly took 42 of the 192 parliamentary seats then, or about one-fourth of the total.

The 1999 elections were called at the height of the reformasi campaign, which erupted after Anwar’s unceremonious sacking from all his posts in the government and Umno.

Of the 75 seats the opposition now aims to capture, Anwar is confident that PKR can deliver 25-30 parliamentary seats. It currently holds just the seat of Permatang Pauh in Penang.

To do so, the party will have to bank on an anticipated swing of Chinese and Indians votes to the opposition.

“PKR’s chances, of course, (are) better. If we can sustain the Malay ground mainly in the suburban areas – and most of our seats are multiracial (in voter profile) – I am optimistic we can wrest 25-30 parliamentary seats,” Anwar said.

Justifying his optimism, Anwar said that – unlike in 1999 – grouses among voters are more widespread and not confined to a particular community.

“(The years) 1998, 1999 (were a) sort of Malay drama. Now we can sustain that enthusiasm and support among the Malays, increase the votes among Chinese as seen in the last few years, and now from the Indians – it is going to be a major breakthrough, a defining moment,” he argued.

Recent opinion surveys among voters have consistently revealed discontent among the Chinese due to a series of price hikes, the sliding economic performance and rising crime-rate.

hindraf klang court sedition 261107 crowdIndians have taken to the streets in unprecedented mass protests to highlight their sense of marginalisation.

Anwar said he also believes the opposition can capture the northern state of Penang, seen as the fiercest battleground of the upcoming polls.

Last month, PKR overcame hurdles to seal an electoral pact with the DAP in the state, agreeing on an one-to-one fight with BN.

Anwar cited the “sluggish” economy in Penang as a factor in the opposition’s favour.

“In the 1980s, Penang was the premier industrial centre (but) it has lost a lot of ground due to issues of governance and policies (of) the federal government. The economy is more sluggish now, (with) a lot of retrenchments, price hikes and grievances,” he said.

“I am encouraged by (support from) the Malays, Chinese and Indians. Indian support is very pronounced now, more than ever, we have not seen this wave since the first election in 1955. The Chinese in Penang have always been more critical (of the government of the day).”

A political analyst has predicted that the BN could lose an additional seven to 10 state seats and one to two parliamentary seats in Penang, if there is a swing of 4%, 8% and 3% respectively among Malay, Chinese and Indian voters.

BN currently holds 38 of the 40 state seats and 8 of the 13 parliamentary seats in Penang.

Untraceable voters

On PKR’s chances of retaining Permatang Pauh, Anwar expressed worry. He claimed that the party has not been able to trace thousands of voters whose addresses are incomplete.

keadilan wan azizahThe seat is held by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is Anwar’s wife and PKR president. She retained the seat in the 2004 election with a slim majority of 590 votes.

The upcoming general election will also provide Anwar the first opportunity to campaign on an opposition platform.

After his sacking from Umno, he served a six-year jail sentence for corrupt practice. Under election laws, he was barred from active politics for five years up to April 15 this year.

Asked to comment, he quipped: “You can see me enjoying myself very much. Yes, I was campaigning for BN and Umno previously, but there were a lot of limits – it was not open and frank. I’m happy I will be able to (be frank) now.”

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Despite the Hindraf Rally and ad the attending agitation arising from the Indian Community, our Samy Vellu is still extra boastful and confident declaring that out of the 19 state seats only three namely – 1. Lunas, 2 Perai, 3 Bagan Dalam need extra efforts. The 9 Parliament seats have no problems.
His reasoning “of the 780,000 voters we have, 530,000 are our members When own members, we have a special direction for them. What we have to fight for is the balance of 200 hundred over thousands”
So is this Indian factor having a decisive say in the swing of votes to the opposition or is it a wishful thinking?. More details & pics at
http://powerpresent.blogspot.com/2008/02/mic-line-up-for-12th-elections-samy_21.html

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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