Gelang Patah is one of the hottest seats right now in the country. UMNO is in 

full alert after the introduction of Lim Kit Siang into this area. After conducting a situation 
analysis on the ground, the Pirates is coming to the following conclusion

Situation Analysis


The results in 2008 should give UMNO a cause to worry. In N48 Skudai, DAP led by 
Dr Boo managed to overturn a 2,193 majority for BN obtained in 2004 into a landslide 
12,854 majority. This was a net shift of over 14,000 votes in 4 years that indicates the 
GE 12 tsunami did reach the shores of Johor. Dr Boo’s giant killing feat in this regard 
should not be underestimated as well.

Gelang Patah – not an easy nut to crack unless
the Ghost of Johor issue is raised

Elsewhere, in N49 Nusajaya, BN managed to hold the seat. BN’s candidate YB Aziz 

Sapian managed to beat out PAS’s Mohd. Shah Lamat with an over 7,000 majority. 
This however was still a far cry from the 14,000 majority BN obtained in 2004, to 
which people attribute it as being caused by Pak Lah.

Now here comes the interesting bit. If you add the number of votes obtained by PR 

component parties, namely DAP and PAS, it should add to 32,383. This would have 
allowed PR to gain a comfortable 5,000+ majority and take Gelang Patah away from BN.

However, it did not turn out that way. Instead MCA’s Tan Ah Eng beat out Dr Zaleha 

Mustafa comfortably, obtaining 33,630 votes compared to the 24,779 votes obtained by 
Dr Zaleha’s.

This meant that on a net basis, over 7,000 voters who had voted for PR turned and voted 

for BN. If we add Malay voters who would have voted for BN in the state and PR in 
the Parliament in order to support a Malay candidate, this indicates that the actual number 
of Chinese votes lost by PR in Parliament could be as high as 8,500 to 10,000 votes.

UMNO is very strong in this area and can easily
deliver 80 – 85% of the Malay votes and
up to 80% of the Indian votes if Ghani contests the seat.

Our assessment of this area is that UMNO support is around 80-85% of the Malays in this 

area. The net increase in Chinese voters for PR may be strong, but if a solid 80% turns out 
against Kit Siang, the situation may turn out to be more difficult than usual.

The key issue for DAP in this battle is to ensure that MCA’s Jason Teoh is replaced by 

Ghani. From our observations, if Jason Teoh is repalced, then Jason’s supporters will 
sabotage Ghani at the polls. If DAP can hold on to 80% of the votes secured in 2008, 
then he will still need 28% of the Malay vote assuming that only of the 30% of the Indian 
votes are cast in favour of the DAP.
As it stands 28% is touch and go for LKS. Our feel of Malay support for Kit Siang in Gelang 
Patah could be as low as 10% to 15%. Thus it is quite conceivable that Kit Siang would lose 
given the current circumstances.

The biggest difficulty for PR right now is its complete lack of a strategy in Johor. The big issue 

with the Malays in this state is Lim Kang Hoo. But so far, PR has strangely avoided bringing up this issue. Other issues surround the takeover of the land by PTP and this too has been avoided.

This issue becomes critical given the choice of candidate. Right now, Dr Mahathir’s factions 

are pushing for Ghani to vacate his state seat and contest in Gelang Patah against Kit Siang.

Will have to make way for Ghani.
Malays in this area are reluctant to support Jason
as he is deemed more businessman than politician.

No doubt this will cause a great disappointment for Jason but Ghani is still a formidable 

opponent to face down Kit Siang. Given Ghani’s status in Johor, it is quite conceivable that 
he will be able to obtain at least 30% of the Chinese votes and 80% of the Indian votes. In 
order for Kit Siang to beat Ghani, Kit Siang needs to obtain at least 30% of the Malay votes, 
which is an extremely difficult hurdle to cross.

This has caused headaches for Kit Siang. If Kit Siang turns on the racial afterburners in 

Gelang Patah, it may backfire as our survey have indicated that there exists a segment of 
Chinese voters who put great value in preserving “tranquillity” and will be turned off by the 
Sibu style campaign tactics. The situation in Johor and Sibu is greatly different, because 
Ghani is not as hated by the Chinese over here as was Pek Moh in Sarawak.

PAS is very weak in this area
and most of the Malays have rejoined UMNO.

With respect to the Malay votes, PR’s current strategy of trying to portray DAP as 

a non-racist organization is doomed to fail. The voters won’t buy it which has so far led 
to PAS being extremely weak in this area. Rightfully or wrongfully, Malay voters I talked 
to who may have an issue with an MCA candidate will not vote for Kit Siang as that is a 
jump too far for them to make. As the blogger Another Brick In Wall said, either PAS 
wakes up its idea in Gelang Patah or it will face annilihation in the Malay majority areas. 
National issues are not considered favourable as Najib enjoys a relatively strong approval 
rating amongst the Malays here, and surprisingly even a better opinion than Tan Sri 
Muhiyiddin Yassin.

The only option is for PR to secretly field an anti Ghani candidate in order to prevent 

Ghani from gaining 85% of the Malay votes. In this regard we have already done our 
homework and have identified Mat Bendang, an ex UMNO strongman contractor whose 
fate had taken a dive for the worse with the emergence of Abang Sam.

This is the only issue that will work in favour of PR
in breaking Malay support for Ghani

The issue of Lim Kang Hoo can be more effectively played by this “3rd party” 

candidate who can also work together with PAS’ campaign machinery. After all right 
now PAS campaign machinery is considered very weak and areas like Kg Pulai which 
used to be strong PAS have now returned back to UMNO. In fact PAS can even roll 
out its campaign infrastructure for an anti Ghani candidate because no matter what PAS 
does for Kit Siang in the lead up to polling day, it will have 0 effect against changing 
Malay voter perception towards Kit Siang. So rather than waste this campaign machinery, 
PAS can campaign hard on land issues and Ghani’s perceived weakness to cause a split 
in the UMNO ranks. If the third party candidate can steal 10% of the Malay votes due to 
the Kang Hoo issue, then Kit Siang can just about squeeze in and obtain a razor thin several 
hundred vote victory over Ghani.

From our survey, it seems that this issue involving Lim Kang Hoo is heard in the grapevine 

but not fully explained to the people. Without its exploitation, it seems quite likely that Lim Kit Siang will face his waterloo in Gelang Patah.
Source : POPJ