Six political tsunami in the 14th General Elections on May 9
I hope to see six tsunamis to effect the first change of Malaysian Government in Putrajaya in 61 years in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018.
The six political tsunamis are:
- Urban tsunami;
- Rural tsunami;
- Sabah tsunami;
- Sarawak tsunami;
- Women tsunami; and
- Youth tsunami.
The 13th General Election five years ago in 2013, as well as the 12GE in 2008, saw the phenomenon of the urban political tsunami in Malaysia. These were not Chinese tsunami, but the tsunami of the urban and semi-urban Malaysians, whether Chinese, Indian or Malays in urban and semi-urban Malaysia.
We must not take for granted that there will be an equal degree of urban tsunami in the 14GE on May 9, because the failures of the urban tsunamis in the 2008 and 2012 General Elections to bring about change of government have resulted in political fatigue, disappointment and even disenchantment with the electoral process.
We have to re-ignite and re-inspire hope among the 15 million registered voters that there is a chance to effect change of the Federal government first time in the nation’s 61-year history, and that everyone should take the trouble and make the sacrifice to cast their vote – even it means a sacrifice of one, two or even three working days and for Malaysians from the Malaysian Diaspora from all over the world to fly home to cast their precious vote.
This is the last chance in this generation to change the Malaysian Government and save Malaysia from a kleptocratic state and a rogue democracy, for Malaysians are not going to get another such opportunity in the next 20- 30 years.
But there must be a rural tsunami to ensure that we can see a Malaysian tsunami in the 14GE on May 9.
We see a Malay tsunami in the rural areas and Felda schemes in-the-making.
If Malays, Chinese, Indians, Ibans, Kadazans, Orang Asli all unite in the 14E to demand for change and an end to UMNO/BN policies which not only lead to a kleptocratic state and rogue democracy but utter disregard of the interests and welfare of the ordinary Malaysians in favour of UMNO/BN cronies and kleptocrats, a new Malaysia will begin after the 14GE on May 9, 2018.
Hence my hope to see also a Sarawak tsunami and a Sabah tsunami, and last night announcement that Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen to leave his safe Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat for the dangerous Stampin parliamentary seat, can be the spark for the Sarawak tsunami.
As I said in Batu Kawan ceramah last night, Stampin joins Ayer Hitam, Teluk Intan, Langkawi, Pagoh and Semporna as among the high-profile constituencies in the nation where the battle to Save Malaysia from a kleptocratic state and rogue democracy will be fought in the 14th General Election and be the focus of attention not only of Malaysians but the world.
But I want to see another two tsunami – women tsunami and youth tsunami.
DAP is fielding more woman and youth candidates (including seven under 30 years of age.
In the 2013 General Election, DAP candidates who were youths 30 years of age and below and who were subsequently elected as State Assemblyman/woman included Yeo Bee Yin (Damansara, Selangor), Wong Shu Qui (Senai, Selangor), Liow Cai Tung (Johor Jaya, Johor), Lee Chuan How (Pasir Pinji, Perak), Chow Yu Hui (Bilut, Pahang), Lee Chin Chen (Ketari, Pahang) and Leong Yu Man (Triang, Pahang).
For the 14GE, DAP will contest in 47 Parliamentary and 103 State Assembly seats. We will nine candidates who are 30 years of age or below with Kerk Chee Yee, 25, my political secretary, the youngest candidate standing for Ayer Keroh state assembly seat in Malacca.
The others are:
Jamaliah Jamaluddin, 29 – Bandar Utama, Selangor.
Michelle Ng, 28 – Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Lim Yi Wei, 28 – Kampung Tunku, Selangor.
Choy Tsi Jen, 30 – Canning, Perak.
Teoh Yee Chern, 28 – Astaka, Perak.
Young Syefura Othman (Rara), 28 – Ketari, Pahang.
Teh Swee Leong, 28 – Kota Darul Aman, Kedah.
Phoong Jin Zhe, 29 – Luyang, Sabah.
Malaysia has a very youthful population, with the latest demographic profile of the country with 31 million people last year as follows:
0-14 years: 27.83% (male 4,493,084/female 4,238,991)
15-24 years: 16.81% (male 2,677,834/female 2,598,958)
25-54 years: 41% (male 6,507,499/female 6,358,762)
55-64 years: 8.27% (male 1,316,331/female 1,277,558)
65 years and over: 6.1% (male 907,850/female 1,005,125) (2017 est.)
On May 9 two years ago, the Filipinos changed their President in their general election. On May 9 last year, the South Koreans changed their President in their presidential election.
It is now the turn of Malaysians whether they would change their Prime Minister on May 9 this year!
This is the decision in the hands of the 15 million Malaysian voters on May 9.