The 2013 results were a monumental improvement for Khalid Ibrahim from the 2008 GE when he won with just a majority of 2,515.
Anyway in 2013, Khalid won 44,067 votes or 57.02% of the constituency's total in an election turnout of approximately 86%. Obviously very few played mahjong that day, wakakaka.
His MCA competitor Tan Kok Eng obtained 32,235 votes or 41.71% of the lot. There were a couple of kutu candidates, but the majority with which Khalid whisked past the winning post was 11,832. Very comfy for him.
The Bandar Tun Razak constituency was won by Tan Chai Ho (MCA) in 1995, 1999 and 2004. But PKR was victorious in 2008 and 2013 (the latter against new MCA candidate Tan Kok Eng), though today its representative is Khalid Ibrahim but as an Independent.
The voters in the constituency are made up of approximately 54% Malays, 36% Chinese and 8% Indians, the sort of 'ideal' racial mix that former PM Mahathir loved.
That's because if the Malay votes in a constituency were split between UMNO and PAS, the Chinese 7th Calvary would storm in to rescue the man who in 1969 told them in Kota Setar that he didn't need any Chinese votes. Then, the Chinese in an unprecedented voting move, gave their ballots to Yusof Rawa of PAS, a Chinese First in voting for an Islamic Party candidate and also a PAS First in getting massive Chinese support, wakakaka.
alhamdulillah, saya berjaya olih karena cucu Cina
Since that unpleasant shock in 1969, Mahathir was more circumspect with his words against the bloody Chinese voters, in fact arriving at the conclusion (when he was PM) that those Chinese would be useful as they preferred to vote UMNO than PAS, hence his 'ideal' racial mix for a constituency.
Someone mentioned there were more than 60 of such 'ideal' federal constituencies which since 2008 were eyed hungrily by PAS. But Hadi Awang f**ked up those useful Chinese support, so necessarily vital to his Putrajaya ambitions, when he broke up with Pakatan Harapan. Thus he has to hold back his ambitions in abeyance.
Meanwhile, Najib realising Mahathir's 'ideal' mix constituencies will be fatal for him, has happily seen the EC sardine-ising (packing) 'extra' unhelpful Chinese into already-Chinese dominant constituencies like Tony Pua's Petaling Jaya Utara, 'mysteriously' renamed as Damansara (raising its registered voters from 85,000 to 150,000). We'll come to this shortly.
But local UMNO chief Rizalman Mokhtar informs that UMNO supporters prefer a Malay candidate for the parliamentary seat, thus there is a tussle over which BN component party (UMNO or MCA) will get to contest the seat in the coming GE14.
Bandar Tun Razak's present voters' racial profile, if unchanged, will ensure UMNO loses to a PKR candidate or as Francis Paul Siah wishes for, Mahathir of Pribumi - see my earlier post Aide-de-camp to Captain Mahathir tok-kok.
But Rizalman is confident because he knows that if the EC's sakti-ness works (approved) before the coming general election, about 20,000 Chinese voters would be transferred out of Bandar Tun Razak to one of the Chinese electoral ghettos, namely, Cheras, Bukit Bintang or Seputeh (renamed Sri Petaling).
British ghetto for Chinese
Rizalman pointed out that then the majority of voters then would be Malays. I calculated the new mix as roughly 71% Malays, 17% Chinese and 12% Indians (from its previous 54% Malays, 36% Chinese and 8% Indians) in the Bandar Tun Razak constituency.
Then the MCA will be hard pressed to win against a PKR candidate or Mahathir.