Review Category : Politik

PPBM proposes RM20m fine for members who defect after GE14


MO,17/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is planning to impose RM20 million penalty for members who decide to jump ship in the event Pakatan Harapan wins in the 14th General Election (GE14). Its supreme council member Tariq Ismail, in a report by news portal Free Malaysia Today said, the reason PPBM made the proposal, somewhat similar to Pas’ ‘bai’ah’ oath, was to protect the opposition pact from losing its elected members.

He also expressed concern on the possibility of Pakatan Harapan lawmakers being offered money to leave the pact post GE14. “We don’t want those elected under our banner to defect to Barisan Nasional (BN), regardless of whether we win or lose the elections.

“That’s why it has been proposed that they sign a contract saying that if they do jump ship, it will cost them money,” he told the news portal. However, Tariq explained that the proposal has yet to be approved as PPBM would have to consult its lawyers to determine if the amount was reasonable. Under the Pas’ “bai’ah oath”, it was stated among others that elected members will have to divorce their wives if they quit the party.


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64,000 personnel to be on duty during GE14


MO,18/1/2018, PASIR GUDANG: Police are conducting another round of training early next month to prepare their personnel for the general election, said Bukit Aman Inter­nal Security and Public Order Department director Comm Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah. He said more than 64,000 officers and personnel will be on duty during the elections. They will be deployed throughout the country to ensure the polls are free of incidents, he added.

“The police have also taken into consideration the possibility of an increase in the number of seats or changes in constituencies.  “Our numbers are enough to ensure the general election goes on smoothly,” he said after an event marking the debut of the marine police’s RH FB speedboat at Dalac Marine Engineering and Services near Teluk Jawa here. Comm Zulkifli also said the marine police’s Southern Region Two would need more assets in Pene­buk near Pengerang following the development of the Refi­nery and Petrochemical Inte­gra­ted Deve­lopment (Rapid) project.

He said Pengerang would be an important economic area for the country with many foreign vessels converging at Rapid once the project is completed. “The marine police require more manpower and assets such as new boats as well as an office,” he added. Currently, the marine police there are sharing premises with the Pengerang police, he said.

Comm Zulkifli also said the police were also looking at relocating the Southern Region Two’s headquarters, currently located in Tampoi, to Tanjung Pelepas be­cause the waters at the current site had become shallow. “We have a plot of land there, about 32.3ha in size, where we hope to build a training centre and a new headquarters for the marine police,” he said.


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Don’t be overconfident, Lajim tells Shafie


MO,17/1/2018, KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was urged not to be arrogant and overconfident by snubbing the state opposition alliance, Gabungan Sabah. Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin said no opposition political party can form the government in Sabah without an alliance in the coming 14th general election.

Lajim said as the former Barisan Nasional (BN) minister and Umno vice-president only recently entered the opposition fray, he was already being overconfident by dismissing any form of cooperation with other local parties in a recent statement. “Even if Warisan is unwilling to work with us, they should not talk bad about the leadership of other opposition parties (under the alliance) as we share a common purpose to topple the current BN government,” he said at a joint press conference with Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee.

Gabungan Sabah is an alliance comprising Harapan, SAPP, State Reform Party (Star) and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah. The alliance is chaired by former Sabah finance minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor. Lajim also branded Shafie a hypocrite for championing the “Sabah for Sabahans” and Malaysia Agreement 1963 only after losing his ministerial and party posts in the BN.

The issues have long been highlighted by parties under Gabungan Sabah, he said. As for Yong, he claimed Warisan appeared to be a proxy for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Shafie recently called on Sabahans to accept Dr Mahathir as Pakatan Harapan’s prime minister-designate, should the coalition form the next government.


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200 PKR members in Penang quit party, join MU


MO,17/1/2018, GEORGE TOWN: More than 200 PKR members walked out of the party today, citing the party’s subservience to DAP and inconsistency in its struggle, among others. Led by its Jelutong division assistant chief Lim Boon Miin, they handed over their membership forms to newly-formed party, Malaysian United Party (MU).

Lim, who joined PKR prior to the March 2008 general election, believing in its ‘Reformasi’ promise, claimed the party had deviated from its initial path, especially when they started to work with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). He said the situation worsened after PKR joined Pakatan Rakyat (now Pakatan Harapan) coalition and lost its voice to DAP. “What is the point of us being in PKR when our voices are not heard? We are disappointed and the best thing for us to do is leave and fight from outside.

“We are certain that more people will follow our decision to leave the party soon,” he told a press conference at the MU office here today. Tens of members who joined him in quitting PKR were also present. Elaborating, Lim said those who decided to leave were also disappointed with the internal infighting in Pakatan Harapan, clearly showing signs of cracks and lack of understanding among one another.

“We cannot accept the fact that DAP, especially in Penang, is discriminating towards PKR assemblymen in the state. “We are also disappointed with PKR Selangor’s lack of consistency, by sidelining the initial struggle and supporting DAP. He also noted that, for their own personal interest, the PKR leadership was now working with Dr Mahathir and PPBM.

“It pains us to see that PKR has lost its sense of direction. “PKR was set up to fight Dr Mahathir for his inhumane treatment against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. “Now, the party is working with this very same man,” he lamented. Lim said to compound matters, the party leadership does not even support its own elected representatives when the Penang Chief Minister acted unfairly towards them.

Meanwhile, MU president Tan Gin Theam said for so many members to defect the party, it shows that they were aware that Pakatan Harapan is now dead and exist only in name. “Their consciousness stems from the fact that the DAP has been autocratic and dictatorial in its decision-making, and has always bullied and suppressed their Pakatan Harapan partners.” he added.


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Penang BN tells state government to come clean on undersea tunnel project


MO,16/1/2018, GEORGE TOWN: Is the Penang government lying in relation to payments made for the proposed undersea tunnel project, Barisan Nasional asked. State BN chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng recently said the state government had not paid a single sen for the tunnel project but official documents proved otherwise.

Dishing out official documents from the state legislative assembly sitting on Nov 2 last year, Teng said the state government had disclosed then that it had paid RM11.2 million in cash to HSSI Sdn Bhd, a technical consultant appointed by the state government to review and certify the claims payment submitted by the contractor. “Is this not lying when the Penang government said not a single sen had been paid but only land swapped?

“Now, it seems that every single sen had been paid and land swapped at the expense of the people of Penang,” he told newsmen at the state Gerakan headquarters here this afternoon. Teng demanded the DAP-led administration to come clean and be truthful about the consultancy payment of a whopping RM11.2 million just for reviewing and certifying claims payment.

“Is this kind of payment not similar to those cases exposed by the Auditor General’s Report years ago of certain mismanagement, where a set of screwdrivers was bought for RM224.90 when the market price was reported at only RM32?” he asked. Teng said it was not possible for the state government to cry “separate payment” as any payment made formed part and parcel of the tunnel project.

Last week, Lim had told newsmen that the state government had not paid a single sen for the tunnel project so far. He had instead said that the state government had paid RM208 million for the completion of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports for the three paired roads, which is another component of the RM6.3 million mega infrastructure project.

He had also said that the payment for Consortium Zenith Construction Sdn Bhd was done through two land swaps, totalling 1.48ha, with a nett development cost of RM1,300 per sq ft. Referring to that, Teng said the state Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report, dated Oct 19, 2015 and tabled to the state legislative assembly, had clearly stated that the cost of conducting the EIA reports for the three paired roads would be borne by the contractor.

“Is this not another lie by the Penang government? So, in relation to the tunnel project, what has the state government been paying and how was it paid? “Please avoid lying because official documents proved otherwise. Stop the blatant lie and be competent, accountable and transparent to the people of Penang,” he said.

Teng said also raised the issue of the 20ha of land sold by the contractor to a subsidiary, although no work had started yet for the whole tunnel project. It was reported that on Jan 16, 2015, a subsidiary of the contractor signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to secure the rights to purchase 20ha of reclaimed land, valued at RM2.8 billion, from the contractor itself.

“First of all, why is this even allowed when works have yet to begin? Instead, the state government diverted the whole issue and said not a single sen had been paid so far for the tunnel project but land swapped. “Now, we are still awaiting the completion of the feasibility and detailed design studies, which have been delayed for more than 20 months.

“So, along the way, is there someone out there lying or is the Penang government lying? We demand to know the truth,” he noted, stressing that it was not for him to say whether the element of corruption was present along the way. He added that the matter was best left to the relevant authorities to investigate and bring to light. Teng also asserted that their scrutiny of the tunnel project was not indicative of them not supporting it, as alleged by the state government.

“Those are two different issues altogether. DAP has always been advocating democracy and we have every right to question them. Check and balance is very important in a democratic setting. “If not, why did they previously make a hue and cry over the Penang Outer Ring Road (PORR) project mooted by the previous BN-led administration? “We did not say they were not supportive then, even though they put a motion at the state legislative assembly sitting to defer the project.

“That is why we are saying the competent, accountable and transparent (CAT) administration advocated by the Penang government is no longer alive. CAT is dead and buried,” he said pointed out. The tunnel project had raised numerous controversies in recent months, especially on the high cost of the RM305 million feasibility studies as well as the 21-month delay in completing it.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has since initiated investigation into the issue, along with the land swap deal and the involvement of a fashion company in the controversial project. Two company officials, with the Datuk title, have been arrested to assist the MACC’s probe into the matter. The duo has since had their six-day remand order extended by another five days.


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DAP, PKR jadi ‘harimau sarkas’ Mahathir

PARTI-parti komponen Pakatan Harapan (PH) sudah selesai mengagihkan kerusi Parlimen masing-masing. Mereka nampaknya tidak sabar-sabar hendak berdepan dengan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU 14).

Dikhabarkan, sesi perundingan dan perbincangan pucuk kepemimpinan tertinggi parti DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) dan Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) mengambil masa selama empat bulan.

Apabila sudah mencapai kata sepakat, kuota itu diumumkan pada Konvensyen PH yang diadakan di Shah Alam pada 7 Januari lalu.

Ramalan DAP dan PKR akan mendapat lebih banyak kerusi berbanding PAN dan PPBM ternyata meleset sama sekali.

Dalam pengagihan itu, DAP mendapat 35 kerusi, PKR (51); PPBM (52) dan PAN (27). Keseluruhan kerusi Parlimen yang diperuntukan untuk PH bertanding di Semenanjung Malaysia ialah sebanyak165 kerusi.

Baki 57 kerusi lagi diperuntukan untuk parti-parti komponen PH di Sabah dan Sarawak.

Sebaik sahaja pengagihan itu diumumkan dan selepas membuat sedikit kajian, penulis terkejut serta tertanya-tanya betulkah DAP dan PKR yang begitu lama berpolitik melawan BN mendapat sedikit daripada PPBM?

Manakala PAN pula yang berusia dua tahun lebih mendapat paling sedikit berbanding PPBM yang baru berusia setahun lebih?

Formula apa yang digunapakai oleh kepimpinan tertinggi PH sehingga Penasihat DAP, Lim Kit Siang dan Setiausaha Agungnya, Lim Guan Eng jatuh keegoannya?

Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali membisu seribu bahasa dan Presiden PAN, Mohamad Sabu serta timbalannya, Salahuddin Ayub kelu lidah tidak membantah apa-apa?

Yang kedengaran tidak berpuas hati dengan pembahagian kerusi Parlimen itu hanya suara-suara peringkat bawahan sahaja. Yang tentunya tidak akan didengari oleh pucuk pimpinan.

Hebat sungguh mainan Pengerusi PPBM, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Dalam bab pembahagian kerusi, yang menjadi impian setiap parti politik pun beliau boleh menundukkan ego DAP, PKR dan PAN.

Kit Siang, Wan Azizah dan Mat Sabu bulan calang-calang ahli politik. Mereka bertiga  terkenal dengan sikap panas baran dan kaki bantah tetapi dalam bab pengagihan kerusi untuk berdepan dengan PRU 14 ini, mereka boleh ditundukkan oleh pemimpin berusia 93 tahun.

Tahniahlah kepada Mahathir kerana secara tersiratnya berjaya mengucar-ngacirkan gabungan PH. Apakah ini petanda empayar pembangkang yang dikuasi DAP mula berdepan dengan era kejatuhan?

Selama ini, kalau mengikut rekod PRU, DAP yang mula menyertai pilihanraya umum pada 1969 (PRU- 3) sehingga PRU -13 pada tahun 2013 sentiasa mendapat jumlah kerusi lebih. Begitu juga dengan PKR dan Pas ketika itu.

Tetapi setelah Pas menamatkan tahaluf siyasi dengan DAP dua tahun lalu dan pada masa sama DAP serta PKR menerima masuk dua rakan baharu iaitu PAN dan PPBM, dalam senyap-senyap pengaruh serta ego kedua-dua parti dominan dalam pembangkang itu kehilangan sengat.

Ini terbukti apabila PH bersiap sedia berdepan BN pada PRU 14, DAP hanya akan bertanding di 35 kerusi sahaja dari lebih 70 kerusi sebelum ini dan PKR pula diberikan 51 kerusi berbanding hampir 100 kerusi diperolehinya pada PRU 13.

Nampak mainan Mahathir yang sukar diramal itu telah menjinakkan ‘harimau liar’ pembangkang menjadi ‘harimau sarkas’. Malah, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang dianggap ‘singa liar’ dalam PH pun hampir-hampir ditundukkan dan bakal dimasukkan dalam kandang singa sarkas.

Seperkara yang menarik perhatian penulis berhubung pengagihan itu, apabila bekas Ketua UMNO Bahagian Pasir Mas, Datuk Paduka Dr. Ibrahim Ali membuat ramalan, pembahagian kerusi yang juga kawasan Parlimen itu menguntungkan DAP dan PKR walaupun mendapat jumlah kerusi lebih kecil daripada PPBM.

“Walaupun PPBM kerusi paling banyak iaitu 52 kerusi, tetapi majoriti kawasan yang akan dipertandingkan oleh calon parti itu adalah kawasan atau kubu kuat BN.

“Tentu sukar untuk PPBM menang banyak kerusi di kawasan berkenaan kerana PPBM bukan parti popular dalam kalangan rakyat. Rakyat lebih senang memilih BN,” katanya baru-baru ini.

Mengenai kerusi yang dipertandingkan DAP dan PKR, Ibrahim menyatakan seratus peratus kawasan itu boleh dimenangi pembangkang, yang akhirnya memberi keuntungan kepada kedua parti itu berbanding PPBM dan PAN.

Beliau juga memberi reaksi yang sama dengan penulis, iaitu terkejut dengan kuota pembahagian kerusi dalam komponen PH. – theRakyat


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Azmin sedia lepaskan Gombak untuk Tun M

azmintunm.jpg.transformedMO, 14/1/2018, SHAH ALAM: Timbalan Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali menyatakan kesediaannya melepaskan kawasan Parlimen Gombak untuk ditandingi oleh Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pada Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Mohamed Azmin yang juga Menteri Besar Selangor, menyatakan demikian dalam mesej akaun Twitter miliknya @AzminAli malam tadi, iaitu ‘Saya bersedia memberi laluan kepada Tun @chedetofficial di Parlimen Gombak sekiranya dipersetujui oleh KEADILAN. Mari membingkai muafakat demi rakyat’.

Beliau yang kemudian dihubungi, berkata kesediaannya itu berikutan keyakinan terhadap Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) itu mampu memperoleh lebih banyak undi, terutama dalam kalangan penyokong UMNO, berbanding jumlah undi yang diterimanya pada PRU Ke-13.

Katanya, Dr Mahathir dipilih oleh Pakatan Harapan sebagai Perdana Menteri selepas ini dan langkah seterusnya adalah untuk pakatan itu memastikan pengerusi pakatan berkenaan mendapat kerusi yang baik untuk bertanding.

“Walaupun saya menang dengan jumlah undi marginal sebanyak 52 peratus, tetapi ini kerusi majoriti Melayu dan kawasan kuat UMNO untuk beberapa dekad. Saya percaya Tun boleh mendapat undi yang lebih banyak dalam kalangan pengundi UMNO pada PRU-14.

“Saya menang untuk dua penggal pada 2008 dan 2013 dan satu penggal di Hulu Kelang pada 1999 yang juga kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN). Saya yakin Tun boleh meraih undi lebih besar,” katanya.

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Assalamualaikum WW.

Yang Dihormati DS Anwar Ibrahim,

Terlebih dahulu diucapkan selamat beristirehat dan semoga sihat-walafiat hendaknya. Marilah kita mendoakan juga kepada sahabat kita di Indonesia yang baharu meninggal dunia, bapak Andi Mappatahang @ AM Fatwa (Wakil Ketua DPR Parlimen Indonesia, 1999-2004), semoga allahyarham dimasukkan di dalam syurga firdausi.

Baru-baru ini, Konvensyen Pakatan Harapan kembali meletak Tun Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara. Adakah DS mempercayainya? Berapa lama sementara itu? Adakah ada apa-apa perjanjian bertulis? Bolehkah gentlemen agreement dipercayai? Kenapa PH tidak melantik Dr Wan Azizah sebagai PM Sementara yang akan memudahkan lagi perlantikan DS sebagai Perdana Menteri? Ternyata semua ini adalah game politic Tun M yang akan menjerumus DS ke lubang yang lebih dalam. Nampaknya DS tidak serik kena tipu !

DS kena beringat, Tun M tidak kisah jika ada ribuan doktor pakar atau consultant yang lebih baik dari dia, Tun M juga tidak kisah jika ada orang lebih berilmu pengetahuan dari dia, atau jika ada rakyat Malaysia lebih pandai dalam aspek lain. Tetapi Tun M tidak akan menerima jika ada orang yang lebih pandai dalam politik daripada dia, dan Tun M tidak boleh menerima hakikat jika ada orang yang lebih kaya daripada anak-anak dia. 

Sebab itulah, dalam sains politik, Tun M tidak akan membenarkan DS menjadi Perdana Menteri atau Dr Wan Azizah menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara. Sebab itulah dalam konvensyen itu, Tun M berjaya meletakkan dirinya semula sebagai Perdana Menteri walaupun hanya PM Sementara. Isunya sementara berapa lama? 

Ramai orang sekelip mata lupa bagaimana nasib DS dilebamkan di dalam penjara semasa Tun M memerintah, bagaimana DS dimalukan sebagai sodomis dan melakukan rasuah, bagaimana DS terpaksa menaiki motor untuk melarikan diri dari kepungan polis di Dataran Merdeka dahulu (1998), bagaimana rumah DS dirosakkan untuk menangkap DS ke penjara, dan banyak lagi tragedi yang memalukan. 

Sehingga ke saat ini, Tun M tidak pernah memohon maaf secara terbuka dan spesifik. Tun M tidak pernah mahu membersihkan nama baik DS walaupun dengan hanya berkata, ‘saya memohon maaf kepada Anwar kerana tuduhan-tuduhan saya dahulu sodomi dan rasuah dahulu adalah fitnah sahaja’. Tun M tidak ada keikhlasan. Sebenarnya permuafakatan Tun M sekarang hanyalah untuk menjatuhkan DS Najib bagi memastikan survival anak-anaknya dalam politik dan perniagaan, bukannya untuk melantik DS sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Saya telah berbicara dan bertukar-tukar pandangan dengan sahabat DS yang juga seorang ilmuwan di Bangi. Kesimpulan kami, DS sedang masuk perangkap kali kedua. Berhati-hatilah…

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Selection of Dr M threatens to split Selangor PKR


MO,13/1/2018, KLANG: The selection of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as prime minister and deputy prime minister designates by the Pakatan Harapan leadership is threatening to split the Opposition front in Selangor. Not only is Selangor PKR in disagreement with its state DAP, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) counterparts, differen-ces are also brewing within the party.

Some veteran leaders are unhappy with the Selangor PKR members who are openly disputing the top leadership’s decision. Apparently, many Selangor PKR members were expecting their deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Pribumi deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to be the prime minister and deputy prime minister designates.

“Those protesting against the decision cannot be faulted because they were not informed about the selection before the convention,’’ added a PKR division leader who declined to be named. He said Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah were only selected on Friday evening by the presidential council and the announcement was made at the convention on Sunday.

But as a veteran party member, the division leader said, he understood the wisdom behind the decision. “Everyone has forgotten about Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. “If Azmin and Mukhriz were to be named as top leadership designates, it would appear that Muhyiddin, who is more senior, has been sidelined,’’ he added. Selangor PKR information chief Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei said the protests were expected.

“They are voicing their opinion perhaps because they were not told earlier,” said Mat Shuhaimi. He added that PKR had a clear-cut process whereby all matters were first discussed at the division and state levels before going up to the national leadership.

This, he added, was not followed. Mat Shuhaimi said every party had the right to voice its support or dissent. Meanwhile, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said disagreements reflected the fact democracy was alive and well within the Pakatan parties.

“With any democracy there can always be room for discussion, debate and disagreements,’’ he said.



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Panji merah di Ayer Hitam?

KUALA LUMPUR – Gendang perang sudah dipalu dengan kuat di Johor!

Selepas berjaya meresap masuk ke dalam Johor termasuk memenangi kerusi Parlimen Gelang Patah dalam persaingan sengit pada Pilihan Raya Umum 2013, pembangkang kini mengatur strategi untuk merebut lebih banyak kerusi di negeri selatan Semenanjung tersebut.

Sasaran pembangkang khususnya DAP di Johor pada kali ini ialah Ayer Hitam yang pada masa ini disandang oleh Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, Timbalan Presiden MCA yang juga Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Tekad DAP itu begitu nyata apabila parti pembangkang itu sanggup menawarkan dua kerusi iaitu Tanjung Piai di Johor dan Alor Gajah di Melaka kepada rakan pembangkang lain semata-mata untuk mendapat tiket bertanding di Ayer Itam.

Pada Pilihan Raya Umum 2013 lalu, calon pembangkang iaitu Hu Pang Chaw yang pada masa itu mewakili Pas kecundang di tangan Ka Siong dengan majoriti 7,310 undi.

Dalam pilihan raya akan datang, pembangkang bertekad untuk menakluk Ayer Hitam dengan DAP berharap dapat meletakkan calonnya berdepan Ka Siong.

Walaupun begitu, keadaan itu mungkin dihalang Amanah yang turut mengintai Ayer Hitam. Sebagai jalan penyelesaian, calon Amanah mungkin diberi mandat untuk bertanding menggunakan lambang roket di Ayer Hitam.

Ketua DAP Johor, Liew Chin Tong ketika dihubungi Sinchew Daily tidak menafikan kemungkinan itu, malahan beliau sempat memberi amaran kepada Ka Siong.

“Ka Siong akan menjadi sangat bimbang dengan pencaturan terbaru,” kata Chin Tong dipetik Sinchew Daily.

Selain Ayer Hitam, sebuah lagi kawasan MCA di Johor iaitu Tanjung Piai mungkin juga berdepan serangan kuat apabila DAP bersedia menyerahkan kawasan itu kepada Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) untuk bertanding.

Keadaan itu dilaporkan sesuai dengan keadaan Tanjung Piai yang mempunyai ramai pengundi Melayu.

PPBM dikatakan mahu meletakkan orang kuat di Tanjung Piai, dan antara calon yang disebut-sebutkan ialah Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Kemungkinan itu bagaimanapun dinafikan Chin Tong dan penganalisis politik yang percaya Dr. Mahathir lebih cenderung untuk bertanding di Kedah untuk membantu anaknya, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Selain Ayer Hitam dan Tanjung Piai, MCA memenangi Labis dan Tebrau di Johor pada Pilihan Raya 2013.

Sementara itu, Setiausaha Organisasi DAP, Loke Siew Fook ketika dihubungi Kwong Wah Yit Poh berkata, pengaruh parti itu dalam Pakatan Harapan tidak terhakis kerana hanya kekurangan satu kerusi iaitu daripada 36 kepada 35 berbanding pengagihan pada Pilihan Raya 2008.

“Pengorbanan adalah perlu dan pengagihan kerusi di Semenanjung yang diumumkan adalah strategi terbaik Pakatan Harapan,” katanya. – theRakyat

* Analisis yang digabungkan dari akhbar-akhbar Cina

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