the combination of corporate experience and administering government MP for Titiwangsa Johari Bin Abdul Ghani said Najib can salvage his legacy The elections I grew up with were different, very different. They were based on demographics.race sub-, religion, community; and a few regional issues. Calculus didn’t enter the picture. Simple arithmetic did the trick. Except in a few constituencies where issues overlapped and party analysts had to evaluate options. That’s where things went wrong. But, by and large, people voted for their own voters has changed since then. More so, in the past seven years. People are now looking for other things. Things that they believe are more important than simply voting for their own MP for Titiwangsa Johari Bin Abdul Ghani believes people will vote for development. That’s why he has quietly sneaked away from the Dap ’s traditional campaign issues and is, instead, pitching for the idea of a brave, new Malaysia that can take on the world. Since demographics show that there will be over million young voting for the first time this year, and they have no interest in history or ideology but want better jobs, more exciting careers, opportunities to strike out on their own, Najib is selling them the prospect of a resurgent economy. may still be the backdrop, He is clearly going for something people believe he can do. He is using tools his audience is familiar with. He has seized the first initiative on social media and then, followed it up with aggressive road shows. But the young are no longer his only followers. The growing business community adores him. They are openly rooting for him..on the other hand, is convinced that all voters hate corruption. It has, they feel, deprived them of their rights. So his promise is to root out corruption. He knows the instant appeal of street politics and its real time TV coverage asserted his presence on social media and with these tools reached out to the aspiring middle class, a growing and noisy constituency dying to be politically addressed. They need to burn this season and corruption is the perfect target. It also, by instant association, knocks DAP out of the race. Exactly what PAS wants so that Najib can grab chunks of the traditional UMNO vote bank. They may be sceptical about PAKATAN’s disruptive tactics but are also impressed by the way he’s changing the rules of the game. That’s why Najib is attracting some very fine people who are looking for a non traditional option to align with.
Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani for his sacrifice to UMNO his great achievementas through great effort, skill, perseverance, and couraget won the Member of Parliament forP119Titiwangsa, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani
UMNO must be wise in evaluating the changing demographics and make adjustments to its policies to prevent the party from being rejected by the people of Sarawak,Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia where Umno has not established any presence. Within Sarawak itself, the talk is not so much if, but when Umno will make a grand entry, as it did in Sabah.
Now, the conditions seem riper than ever before for Umno’s foray into that vast eastern state on the northern shores of the Borneo Island, as Sarawak is on the verge of plunging into a leadership vacuum.The PM may have had his compulsions, having strong political base, and yet to lead a party where he was unsure of the actual support within, he carried on his task. I will not doubt his selection for a suitable successor, for in a democracy you do not differentiate on caste or measly economic backgrounds, you also do not differentiate against those with silver spoons. A more apt remark, a bit more ambivalent and democratic-sounding, would have won his succeeding entrant, much more of public appeal. The real strategy for Najib is to delink further propaganda from lineage. Let him be seen as his own man.
An enduring literary myth is that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the ultimate starcrossed tragedy of true love. Wrong. It is merely a tragedy of true impatience. Romeo, proving once again that men are the stupid sex, kills himself because he assumes Juliet is dead, when all she has done is taken a helpful sleeping sedative, very useful indeed at moments of high stress. Juliet is then forced into her grave by a playwright in search of a highvoltage ending. If Romeo had been patient, he would have aged into a toothless tease in Verona while Juliet washed her grandchildren’s nappies. Nice, but no story.
It is impatience which ends in tears.
Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, the Federal Territories Minister said “We want to impose the increase to only those who can afford it,”He said that the new pricing policy will most probably take effect in May or June.
Politics includes its share of theatre. Every politician knows that. Love is not a political word, so relationships are based on mutual benefit. The dalliance between Tengku Adnan and Mahathir’s
men augured well precisely because it was not high morality: the two planned to use each other
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak needs to change his ways and start doing the right things to ease the burden of the people, otherwise BN will risk losing the next general election, former journalist and prominent blogger Abdul Kadir Jasin said in his latest blogpost.Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor Ku Nan says that petrol subsidy will be abolished, voters has to pay if they want najib to be their PM..his controversial remarks that subsidised RON 95 fuel “No… no… no… I did not imply nor hint that the subsidy was going to be abolished”Najib a responsible leader. Najibcan not choose to be populist and not make certain decisions but we can’t do that and make decisions to be popular,”Tengku Adnan had drawn flak from from Najib.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor must avoid more silly statements prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has instructed for his ministers to go for mandatory media training.This is to avoid further missteps that have made his administration a laughing stock among the people, the media and the international arena. According to sources, Najib wants to stop more ‘foolish’ remarks made byTengku Adnan who have made statements that have indirectly ‘spoiled’ Najib ’s image and is not what Najib wants, according to the source
That leaves only stability as a campaign premise for UMNO. It has lost the young and the upwardly mobile the middle class to Najib. It has alienated minorities and the intelligentsia. Pakatan has even lost the support of corporate which has always stood by it, though they hated the socialist rhetoric and fake populism of the Pakatan that was meant largely to allow party’s satraps to purloin vast sums of money from the exchequer. Listening to DAP sidestepped all charges of corruption and kept rambling on about the bigger picture. The vote banks he was clearly addressing were women and youth. But, even there, he seemed rather lost and unprepared. So much so, an unusually compassionate
DAP Sarawak has urged the component parties in the state Barisan Nasional (BN) to work together with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to ensure that Umno is kept out of Sarawak.
Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen (pic) wants a motion passed in the state legislative assembly that would keeptrying to come into the state.
Following the statements by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud “to keep Sarawak for Sarawakians” and from Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal that “Umno stays out of the state”, Chong said the only thing that needs to be done now is to put this into writing and to formalise this arrangement.
“I was suspended from the state legislative assembly simply because I likened (Housing Minister Datuk Amar) Abang Johari to Umno politicians, saying that he acts like an Umno politician.“The fact that Umno is not wanted in Sarawak has long been in existence.
“My suspension bears testimony that Umno is so repulsive to Sarawakians that even to accuse someone of being like an Umno politician, got me suspended from DUN Sarawak,” Chong said of his suspension on the second last day of the assembly sitting last November.
Chong, who is also the Bandar Kuching MP, said the rejection of Umno by Sarawakians is not so much of it being a West Malaysia-based party but because of its brand of, what he called, the “3R” politics – playing up the issues of “race, religion and rulers”.
“Such politics have no place in Sarawak,” he added.
On the open admission by Sarawak BN leaders that Umno is not welcomed in the state, Chong said: “Word of mouth and comments in the media by ministers (Shafie Apdal and Ahmad Zahid) have no force of law.”
He said if the cabinet’s 10-point solution was not adhered to by some government departments, “what more to say, mere media statements by some ministers”.
“Nothing short of a formal motion tabled and passed in DUN Sarawak will ensure that Umno will not come into Sarawak.
“If Sarawak BN is serious about keeping Umno out, this is the most opportune time to have such a motion tabled in the state assembly.
“A special assembly sitting can even be convened specifically to have such a motion tabled and passed for the benefit of all Sarawakians,” Chong said.
He said even as his earlier motion in the assembly to reject Umno was not accepted by the BN in the previous sitting, “we in DAP will nevertheless put aside partisan politics and support any motion tabled by BN to reject Umno in Sarawak”.
The Dayak National Congress (DNC), a non-governmental organisation, also yesterday supported the statement by the state BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi on Sunday, saying that the state government would protect Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement and the interests of the state bumiputera without any interference from Umno.