Kedatangan Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim ke Segamat untuk membantu kempen calon parti itu, Datuk Chua Jui Meng malam tadi telah menarik lebih 20,000 orang - perhimpunan politik terbesar pernah disaksikan di bandar itu sejak kebelakangan ini.
selama bertahun-tahun atas arahan PKR tetapi telah diminta memberi laluan selepas pemimpin veteran DAP Lim Kit Siang berhajat untuk menerajui "serangan" di Pakatan di Johor.
Sambil memuji kepimpinan Chua yang bersedia mematuhi keputusan yang sukar itu dan bersetuju untuk bertanding di Segamat, Anwar menyeru penduduk di situ supaya menyokong bekas menteri berkenaan.
Segamat, katanya, telah menjadi sebuah kawasan pilihan raya yang sangat penting, selain daripada Gelang Patah.
"Kita mahu menang," tegas Anwar dalam ceramahnya di Kampung Abdullah di tengah-tengah bandar Segamat.
Orang ramai yang menyambut ketibaan Anwar seperti seorang bintang rock, teruja dengan jenaka dan kata-kata sindiran beliau terhadap kerajaan BN.
Sementara itu seorang penduduk, Sudirman Suramat, 64, berkata ia merupakan perhipunan terbesar pernah disaksikannya sejak lebih 60 tahun tinggal di Segamat.
Inilah pemandangan ceramah PR di Kg Abdullah, Segamat Johor malam tadi, serta ceramah2 PR di sana sini...
PR menang, anak Johor diberi peluang dalam Projek Iskandar...
Pakatan Rakyat akan membuka peluang kepada rakyat Johor untuk turut serta terlibat dalam meneruskan projek Iskandar Malaysia selepas menawan Putrajaya, kata Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Iskandar Malaysia merupakan koridor pembangunan yang dilaksanakan di bahagian selatan Johor dan memerlukan kos lebih RM47 bilion untuk menjana pertumbuhan ekonomi sebanyak lapan peratus dalam tempoh lima tahun yang pertama.
Bagaimanapun, projek itu tidak mendapat sokongan rakyat tempatan kerana 80 peratus dari tanah pembangunan itu dimonopoli orang asing, 30 peratus pula dikuasai kroni, termasuk Robert Kuok dan jutawan Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.
“Ada media antarabangsa tanya saya bagaimana jika Pakatan menang, adakah (pembangunan) Iskandar akan dihentikan? Saya jawab, kita tidak akan halang, ia projek yang baik.
“Tetapi bagaimana projek ini boleh diteruskan? Tak ada satu pun syarikat Bumiputera, Cina pun tak ada, India lagilah,” kata Anwar di hadapan kira-kira 30,000 penyokong.
“Macam mana kamu boleh ada projek berpuluh bilion ringgit tetapi tidak ada anak Cina, anak India dan anak Melayu terlibat?” tegasnya pada Ceramah Perdana Pakatan Harapan Rakyat di Padang Besar, Kampung Abdullah, Segamat malam tadi.
Iskandar berkeluasan 2,217 kilometer persegi turut menerima pelaburan daripada syarikat Singapura seperti pembinaan taman industri bernilai RM3 bilion oleh syarikat republik, Ascendas dengan kerjasama tempatan, UEM Land, milik Syed Mokhtar.
Selain itu, bilionair Singapura, Peter Lim juga melabur RM3 bilion untuk membina ‘Auto City’ di Nusajaya, dengan kemudahan trek lumba Formula 1, juga dengan kerjasama UEM Land.
Pelabur-pelabur Singapura turut terlibat membeli hartanah di kawasan Iskandar.
“Saudara, bila kita ambil alih Putrajaya, anak Johor mesti diberi kesempatan,” katanya disambut tepukan gemuruh rakyat.-keadilandaily
di Parit Botak,Johor
di Bandar Baru UDA, Johor Bahru.
Anwar boosts Jui Meng with crowd-pulling power...
PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim hit northern Johor like a typhoon last night, his first visit to the region since the general election campaign started.
He drew a crowd of more than 20,000 people in Segamat - the largest political rally the town has seen in recent times.
The political titan's arrival gave a shot in the arm for Segamat candidate Chua Jui Meng's campaign as Anwar sought to allay any lingering doubts about the former drawing power.
Anwar (left) conceded that Chua had worked in Gelang Patah for years at PKR's instructions but had asked him to make way after DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang proposed to lead the attack in southern Johor.
Praising Chua's leadership for abiding by a difficult decision and agreeing to vie for the Segamat seat, he urged the people there to back the former minister.
"Segamat has become a very important constituency, other than Gelang Patah. We want to win," declared Anwar at the ceramah in Kampung Abdullah in the heart of Segamat town.
The crowd greeted Anwar like a rock star, taken up by his humour and caustic remarks against the antics of the ruling BN.
"The mood has changed somewhat. This is the largest crowd I have ever seen in more than 60 years of my life living in Segamat," said 64-year-old Sudirman Suramat (right).
The largely Chinese crowd also comprised a good mix of Malays and Indians and Pakatan can take heart that a good number of those present were undecided voters from the parliamentary constituencies of Segamat and Sekijang.
"I'm here to listen to what they have to say. How I will decide will depend on what they say," said a middle-aged Malay gentleman, who did not want to be named.
Chua improves on his performance
After a rocky start to his campaign, Chua also appeared to have adjusted himself as he peppered his energetic speech with humour and interacted with the crowd.
This was in contrast to his speech at a ceramah last Tuesday, which appeared one-way and at times detached from the audience.
"The front page of a newspaper declared my chances of winning are 45 percent. Looks like I'm dead, but what do the people of Segamat say?" Chua called out as the crowd cheered on him.
He also sought to prop up his Johor roots and took special attention to interact with the Malays and Indians in the crowd.
"It is said that DAP only received 11 percent of the Malay vote in the last general election. If I get that amount, then I'm a goner. But don't the Malays want change? I as a Chinese will still defend your rights," he said.
And to the Indians, he said: "Are you ready to say goodbye to MIC and hello to Chua Jui Meng? This is Ubah! (Change!)."
The two constituencies of Segamat and Sekijang cover Segamat town and its wider area, and together hold about 90,000 voters. The estimated 20,000 local crowd last night could well mean that close to 20 percent of the voters were present.
While this bodes well for Pakatan in its urban support in Segamat, the rural heartland remains a problem. Chua's campaign workers even asked the media not to follow him into the Malay heartland, saying they wanted to go low profile to reach out to the locals there.
Nevertheless, the opposition coalition was determined to build on this momentum by roping in PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and former deputy minister in charge of Felda, Tan Kee Kwong, in their drive into the Malay heartland.
These heavyweights are expected to give a boost to Pakatan's campaign in Segamat, and to some extent in neighbouring Sekijang as well. However, whether Pakatan can maintain the momentum in its northern front of Johor remains to be seen, with 10 more days of campaigning left.- malaysiakini
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A Bus to Nowhere...
Fresh from copying Pakatan Rakyat's content, the Prime Minister is now attempting to copy Anwar Ibrahim's style and delivery. Najib is now opting for the Campaign Bus to meet the voters, in a move that mirrors exactly what DSAI has been doing for several months back.However, the similarities stop there.
Whilst DSAI's bus was greeted by genuine voters and the victim of acts of criminal intimidation by UMNO members up and down the country, Najib's campaign bus has been largely ignored by the local population. Instead of voters, the audience features the local UMNO hoi-poi waving the now rather silly looking "I ❤ PM" placards.
This scene certainly deserves some elaboration.
This rather comical situation drives home one of the defining characteristics of the BN Government which is it is a Government of all style and no substance. Perhaps this is standard Government modus operandi because usually the case is that the substantive part of the thinking is done by one party who submits a paper to the Government only for the "photocopy" crew to copy the document, bump up the proposed project cost and change the letter head. The new solution is then endorsed and the original promoter of the idea gets nothing whilst enrich themselves off his brains and intellect.
This game has been played over and over again for the best part of the last decade. It used to be the case that in the past you could count that if the paper landed on Dr Mahathir's desk, perhaps then the idea would be fully appreciated but with a succession of weak minded leaders, this is now no longer the case. In fact, I would argue that in practically all Government discussions there exists no one who actually knows what is happening and the discussions are farcical because no one knows exactly what the problem is, let alone the solution. The discussions then turn to a game of follow the leader, who is usually conned wholesale by a young wet behind the ears consultant. Problems continue to linger on until of course it finally hits the roof.
That moment is now.
There is no longer any place left to turn. There is no more projects left to announce. There is no more acronyms left to speak off. There is no more mind conditioning that can be done. There is no more money left to give. There is no more delaying tactics to be employed.
That moment is now.
Now, Najib realises his campaign is in tatters. Now Najib realises 55 years of BN rule is drawing quickly to a close. Now Najib realises Pemandu was not worth a penny. Now Najib realises his expensive APCO consultants have been slow to think of any meaningful approach to win the minds of the people. Now Najib realises that his own team, which he spent hundreds of millions of the rakyat's funds, is just crap and now Najib is trying to copy Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim in every way shape and form.
Of course, we all know it will not amount to anything but then again, we want to encourage Najib to continue to try and copy DSAI because DSAI is such a charismatic leader. Perhaps Najib could learn to mimic DSAI's signature Arabic twang, wear DSAI's spectacles, grow DSAI's beard and generally just to try to rid himself of the staid uninspiring Najib in favour of the more dynamic and versatile Anwar.
Needless to say, this is just foolishness.
The point about DSAI's popularity isn't difficult to figure out. Its obvious isn't.
DSAI is such a prominent politician because UMNO delegates, UMNO leaders, TV3, Utusan Melayu, UMNO bloggers and the entire Pakatan Rakyat machinery keep on talking about him day and night. So when UMNO keeps on blasting him on the media, that makes people forget about Najib and tune into Anwar. Now our Government oppress many people that people begin to "meluat" with the media and identify themselves with the struggle of DSAI. DSAI then rides into town in his bus, complete with the red paint and broken windows and the crowd goes crazy.
What is there not to understand? UMNO has practically ensured that DSAI gets the most amount of coverage in all media channels, all the time. He has been the headlines in prime time news and in the UMNO General Assembly.
The bus has nothing to do with this. DSAI could very well ride into town on a bullock cart and the crowd will still go crazy because they meet the guy who is able to withstand the full force of the Government's oppressive measures. He is now practically a hero!
That is the silliness of Najib and his advisers. They have built Anwar up so much that he looms large over them like a giant ready to smash their little world into pieces.
In contrast, what about Najib. Who actually talks about him? We asked one of our ex readers to give us a reason why we should support Najib and he just came out blank. Nobody knows what Najib stands for. We know DSAI stands for The Resistance Against UMNO but what does Najib stand for. Does he stand for 1Malaysia or does he stand for 1Perkasa? Does he stand for no corruption or does he stand for You Help, I Help You? Does he stand for excellence or he does he stand for flattery?
These are the questions Najib's expensively assembled team should have attempted to answer in a clear and unambiguous manner. Making Najib be everything to everyone is a sure fire way to make him look gormless at best, or perhaps more likely as an untrustworthy hypocrite. I have yet to find such an approach in any political operators standard playbook but perhaps Pemandu may yet synthesise a new acronym to fit this approach.- Sir Wenger Khairy@Pirates of Putrajaya