Monday, September 3, 2018

Two By-elections in Selangor

With two by-elections on the same day, i.e. September 08, 2018 in Seri Setia and Balakong – all eyes are trained on them. 

For sure, the outcomes for these two state seats in Selangor are not going to change anything in Selangor – but there are two things to take note.

One, Seri Setia is the testing ground to gauge UMNO and PAS’ members’ acceptance of their ‘unholy’ collaboration – that if there is grassroots’ approval, this may very well pave the way for a marriage in the near future. 

After all, PAS endorsed the UMNO candidate during the Sungai Kandis by-election. Now, in Seri Setia, it is UMNO’s turn to surrender their right to contest and give way to PAS to take on Pakatan Harapan head-on. 

They may be bitter adversaries once but the post-GE14 environment has pushed both UMNO and PAS into each other’s arms – only because this is likely the only way to ensure their political survival. 

Two, Balakong is where MCA (not Barisan Nasional) are involved in a straight fight with PH. And they are more or less on their own. 

It is also a one-to-one contest – this time between MCA's Tan Chee Teong and DAP's Wong Siew Ki, the latter contending under the PH banner. 

And it’ll be good to know how much support MCA can draw from their political allies, UMNO and PAS. 

Politics has taken a strange turn in Malaysia – and that makes it exciting! 

Meanwhile, Keadilan (or PKR) are due to have their own party polls. 

Two candidates, one deputy president post. 

Both Rafizi Ramli (left) and Azmin Ali (right) are after the No. 2 position. 

Maverick Rafizi loves the limelight and of late, he has been spewing nonsense by the bucketful. And nastiness too.

On the other hand, Azmin is more the reticent type. And more importantly, his stature has grown by leaps and bounds, ever since becoming Selangor's Menteri Besar in 2014. 

In any case, this will be one hell of an interesting fight between the two rivals. 

After all, Keadilan have taken in over 300,000 new members from May 09 to June 26 this year and now, according to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, they have more than 800,000 members, all of whom will vote at this election (Star Online, July 08, 2018). 

It’s gonna be a close fight, methinks!

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