14 May 2012

BN can win GE battle with money splash...

Barisan Nasional (BN) could win the general elections because of unprecedented spending on the public, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik told Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily in an interview published today.

“I think BN can still win, because the government is spending money non-stop under different names, and this has never happened before,” he told Sin Chew in an exclusive interview.

Recently, the government has been spending heavily on various schemes to aid the public, including book vouchers for students and Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M).

A recent poll showed that the prime minister’s approval rating has surged by 10 per centage points to 69 per cent on the back of an improving economy and the cash handouts of RM500 to low-income households under BR1M.

Pollsters Merdeka Centre found that the prime minister’s support was highest among households earning less than RM1,500 a month at 78 per cent, with four-fifths of Indians and 74 per cent of Malays also giving Najib the thumbs up.

However Dr Ling (picture) thinks that the effect of the BR1M aid on voters has “long faded”.

The former MCA president acknowledged the perception that Chinese voters did not view BN favourably.

“Generally speaking, Chinese are not good towards BN, but in Perlis there is no other choice (besides BN), (BN) may also lack support in Johor, but not to the point of losing,” he was quoted as saying by Sin Chew.

Dr Ling said, however, that a failure to keep a supermajority in Parliament would not be a big problem, as he found nothing wrong with the public’s desire for change.

“A lot of things will change, the past example (March 2008) proved that things improved when there was a change, what’s the problem (with change)?”

“I think BN knows what kind of results they will face, they know this is a very hard battle,” he said, stressing that “this time the general elections is very hard and difficult for BN.”- malaysian insider

BN can forget Selangor, says ex-MCA chief Ling...

Former MCA president Dr Ling Liong Sik has predicted that BN will not be able to recapture Selangor in the  next general election due to the clean image of Pakatan Rakyat leaders.

Aside from PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, both Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng have never been involved in corruption and power abuse, which has helped them in building a good image, said Ling.

“Generally, the Chinese are not favourable to BN, but in Perak there is no other choice. In Johor, (BN) may lose some support but not to the extent of losing (the state government).

“This general election is very hard for BN, very hard. I think BN can still win because the government has been spending money under different names. This has never happened before,” he said in an exclusive interview with Chinese newspaper
Sin Chew Daily.

Ling's prediction is contrary to that of Umno publicity chief Ahmad Maslan, who declared last week that BN will not only regain its two-thirds majority in Parliament, but also Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan.

Having led the Chinese party for 17 years (1986-2003), Ling - the longest-serving MCA president - opined that the benchmark for BN to declare a victory is to regain the two-thirds majority.

In contrast to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Ling has seldom commented on politics and party affairs since quitting politics in 2003.

NONEAsked his views on current MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek (right), Ling described him as a smart and outspoken leader but one who is unfortunately tainted by his sex DVD scandal.

“I hope the Chinese can give positive response to Chua’s efforts, but he has the DVD...,” he was quoted as saying.

‘Not right to says Ong is an enemy’

On Chua’s predecessor Ong Tee Keat, who had initiated investigations into the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal which had led to Ling being charged with cheating the cabinet, he expressed reservations.

Asked whether Ong is still his friend, Ling paused before replying: “I don’t know. It is not right to say he is an enemy, maybe he wants to be your friend?

“I don’t have his phone number. I am also sure that he does not have mine. But not having the phone number does not mean we are not friends. Old friends don’t need to see each other frequently, but when you are in trouble, they will know.”

port klang free zone pkfz auditIn March, the prosecution  successfully established a prima facie case against Ling, the former transport minister, on charges of cheating the government in 2002 on the PKFZ project.

The trial will resume from June 18-22, July 2-5, 10-13 and 16-18.

Sharing his thoughts on the bigger picture of Malaysian politics, Ling agreed that a two-party system is good for Malaysia, but said this must come with a competent opposition.

“It depends on the quality of the opposition. If they are terrible, then a two-party system would be hard to implement. If they are good... like Penang...

“In fact, DAP is doing a good job, but there was this dispute between party chairperson Karpal Singh and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy,” he said.- malaysiakini

Lupakan hasrat tawan Selangor...

Barisan Nasional (BN) mungkin tidak akan menang pilihan raya umum jika Parlimen dibubarkan bulan hadapan, kata bekas Presiden MCA, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik (gambar bawah).

Beliau juga mengisyaratkan kepada BN supaya melupakan hasrat untuk merampas Selangor dari pentadbiran Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Ling berkata, BN tidak bersedia lagi kerana banyak isu melibatkan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang belum dapat diselesaikan.

"Waktu yang terbaik untuk mengadakan pilihan raya umum ialah perdebatan tanpa jawapan. Bila hendak diadakan pilihan raya umum?

"Apabila anda fikir ia adalah masa yang terbaik, dari segi realiti ia menjadi sebaliknya, oleh itu peluang untuk melihat pilihan raya umum ke-13 diadakan pada bulan Jun tidaklah begitu besar.

"Lebih tepat lagi, BN tidak pasti sama ada ia boleh menang pilihan raya umum.

"Saya fikir (BN) tidak bersedia lagi. Ada yang kata bulan Jun, tetapi saya tidak tahu adakah mereka berani (mengadakan pilihan raya), terdapat banyak krisis yang tidak diselesaikan," bekas Menteri Pengangkutan itu memberitahu akhbar Sin Chew.

Imej bersih PR

Mengenai Selangor, beliau menjangkakan BN tidak akan dapat merampas negeri itu dari PR dalam pilihan raya akan datang kerana imej bersih para pemimpin PR.

Menurut Ling, pemimpin utama kerajaan PR di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang mempunyai imej yang baik.

Beliau berkata, Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim dan Ketua Menteri, Pulau Pinang, Lim Guan Eng tidak pernah terlibat dengan rasuah atau penyalahgunaan kuasa dan rekod sedemikian membantu membina imej yang baik bagi mereka.

"Pada umumnya, orang-orang Cina tidak cenderung kepada BN, tetapi di Perak tidak ada pilihan lain.

"Di Johor, (BN) mungkin akan kehilangan sejumlah sokongan tetapi tidaklah sehingga ke peringkat ia terlepas (kerajaan negeri itu)," kata beliau.

Ling menyifatkan pilihan raya kali ini adalah yang paling sukar kepada BN.

"Pilihan raya kali ini adalah paling sukar kepada BN. Saya fikir BN masih lagi boleh menang kerana kerajaan begitu banyak menghabiskan wang di bawah pelbagai nama.

"Perkara seperti itu tidak pernah berlaku sebelum ini," katanya.- harakahdaily


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