Bleak out­look for Ger­akan in Se­lan­gor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

PO­LIT­I­CAL an­a­lysts do not be­lieve that Ger­akan, which did not win any seats in Se­lan­gor in the last two gen­eral elec­tions, would do any bet­ter in the 14th gen­eral elec­tion (GE14) de­spite an­nounc­ing its can­di­dates early.

This is due to the ab­sence of a sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion within the party and its fail­ure to take a stand or speak up on a num­ber of ma­jor is­sues, they opined.

In a de­par­ture from the norm, Ger­akan re­vealed its list of GE14 can­di­dates for the state at its an­nual gen­eral as­sem­bly on Sun­day but the an­a­lysts do not think it will make a big dif­fer­ence, Ori­en­tal Daily News re­ported yes­ter­day.

Po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Phoon Wing Keong said there were no pleas­ant sur­prises in the list and be­lieved that their chances of win­ning were slim re­gard­less whether the cur­rent or the pro­posed elec­toral bound­aries are used for GE14.

“Fur­ther­more, the seats to be con­tested by the party are Pakatan Hara­pan strongholds, and four are held by DAP.

“As a whole, Ger­akan has not un­der­gone any sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion, or seen any break­through since it was van­quished in the last gen­eral elec­tion.

“On cer­tain is­sues, such as 1MDB, the party did not make a clear stand or speak up. As such, it will be tough for the party to make any break­through in the next polls.”

He said con­trary to claims by MCA and Ger­akan that there was a sig­nif­i­cant swing in Chi­nese sup­port back to Barisan Na­sional in the last two by-elec­tions, there were no clear signs that it was in­deed so.

He said even if there was a swing in sup­port, it was at most 1-2%, which is not go­ing to help Ger­akan much.

Tang Ah Chai, an­other lo­cal Chi­nese com­mu­nity po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor, also said he did not see Ger­akan hav­ing a good chance of win­ning any seats in Se­lan­gor come GE14.

“Ger­akan con­tests in Chi­nese-ma­jor­ity seats. Even if the per­cent­age of nonChi­nese vot­ers in­creases in the event that the pro­posed new elec­toral bound­aries are used, it won’t help the party much,” he said.

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