Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Petaling Jaya Utara in Jeopardy?

Ah... all the toll hike protests must have taken its toll on the MCA president. Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting admitted that there was growing disgruntlement among voters in the Klang valley which threaten MCA constituencies during the next general elections.

More interestingly, he mentioned that the specific constituencies expected to be affected are the Petaling Jaya Utara (PJU) parliamentary seat and two state assembly seats in the area - Kampung Tunku and Damansara Utama. These are seats which were won with overwhelming majorities by MCA in the last general election. Now, if these seats are "affected", then what about other seats won with much smaller majorities?

The PJU parliamentary seat has some 76,000 registered voters as of the last elections, with 76.7% Chinese, 15.4% Malay and 7.4% Indian voters. MCA won this seat with an overwhelming majority of more than 13,000 votes in the last general elections - a record majority won by MCA for this parliamentary seat.

Both Kampung Tunku and Damansara Utama (DU) are state seats located within the PJU parliamentary seat with registered voters numbering some 31,000 (68% Chinese) and 45,000 (83% Chinese) respectively. These seats were won by MCA with large majorities of 3,600 and 6,800.

Essentially, in political terms, it was a thrashing for the opposition. And yet, the President of MCA is worried about these seats. An enormous wind of change is needed for MCA to lose the seats. The opposition might nominate party bigwigs to contest the seats to strengthen the pendulum swing.

Is Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting just needlessly paranoid? Or is he deservedly losing sleep? ;-)

Update: Sorry guys, I must have been the one losing sleep 'cos I've been corrected via email that the person who highlighted the vulnerability of PJU was an anonymous MCA division leader and not Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting himself.
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