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.


Anonymous said...

Mari kita bersatu mengundi parti DAP!
Itu sahaja jalan keluar bagi semua rakyat

Anonymous said...

Datuk Seri OKT must have also read the angry comments written by those who signed the on-line petition against the unfair toll hikes. Maybe he could read between the lines that there are indeed the need to implement political changes for the country eg. the need to make the functions of parliament more meaningful and the need to be more democratic in practice..


Anonymous said...

You should make Ong Ka Ting's nightmare comes true. Stand as a candidate in one of the two seats.

Kay Peng

Anonymous said...

Vote them out!
If we don't put in enough checks and balances, doom for Msia.

Anonymous said...

i thought MCA is "the voice of the chinese". it appears that the REAL voiceS of the chinese don't sound TOOO HAPPPEEEE with them......YES!

Anonymous said...

How come educated, middle-class and above voters from PJ Utara still stick to BN/BCA like leeches, inspite of all the complaints and unfair treatments?

BN/MCA has nothing to fear from brain-dead voters. Ha, ha!

Anonymous said...

The antics of those seeking to rise in power in UMNO is costing MCA and OKT knows this. This is an indirect defense to sent the message to Pak Lah and at the same time trying to hold on to the voters.

OKT can sense that politics in Chinese community is changing. In fact it changed in the last election already. Essentially there are two groups of voters in Chinese community. These two group both want a enlightened and progressive government. However one group, wealthier and better off, believed it was worthwhile to give the Pak Lah a chance. The other group, lower income and more sceptical, thought he is a poor leader and will not fufill his promise. In the last election, the Chinese voters was splits along this line. Now the view of the second group is prevailing with issues such as crime, toll hike etc.

Whether MCA will lose these seats depending on them getting UMNO stop their rhetorics for power and back to focussing on the issues that are affecting them close to their homes..