Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pakatan might have bought a lemon

MM Online - Pakatan seen struggling with youths, fence-sitters:

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — The Opposition pact’s ambition to win federal power could stumble on Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) difficulty in convincing young and undecided voters, according to BMI Research.

The Fitch Group unit noted growing discontent among these two voter segments towards the PH pact that is hoping to defeat the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition for the first time in history.

Despite the pact’s attempts to woo young voters in its election manifesto, BMI Research believed that their disillusionment with politics may already be entrenched.

Youth voters are traditionally anti-establishment and more likely to be sympathetic to PH, whereas BN customarily depends on older, more conservative support.

“We are seeing signs that the younger population could choose to sit out or spoil their votes, with neither coalition seeming like a viable alternative.

“The UndiRosak (spoilt vote) campaign has been gaining traction online, where voters are urged to spoil their votes to signal their displeasure with both coalitions,” it said.

Similar problems await the pact with undecided voters, which it is counting on to provide the crucial swing vote needed to unseat BN from battleground states as well as Putrajaya.

BMI Research projected that undecided voters may abstain in the 14th general elections and lower the turnout.

Much of PH’s chances will ride on Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) that is tasked with winning over the Malay vote, particularly in rural areas.

However, BMI Research said the prospects of PPBM’s success are vague as the party’s strength and support are not clearly established.

“With DAP having almost cornered the urban Chinese vote (especially in strongholds Penang and Selangor), it is likely that the battle for votes will be waged among the Malays and Indians, making it difficult to determine if PH’s election bid will be successful.”

Pakatan (DAP, PKR and Amanah) erroneously assumed that with Mahathir in their camp they will be able to strike deep into the Heartland and secure more Malay votes. But that's still iffy.

But the man they thought would be their greatest asset has turned into a humongous liability, especially (and strangely) with the young and undecided voters. Maybe the young aren't so gullible as the old-timers in Pakatan have been desperate to recruit their old enemy. They have learned their political history well.

#UndiRosak has been initially dismissed as a joke and then subsequently treated with hostility and abuses, which makes one wonder what kind of democracy, freedom of speech and free association are Pakatan (except for a few DAP principled politicians) propagating. But we aren't going to take shit from any bullies.

We are prepared to wait. Afterall we have waited for almost half a century. You go ahead and do what you wish but don't rope us, gang-press us, bully us into supporting a man who we have despised, abhor and detest for nearly 40 years.

All we can do for you is to wish you good luck, both in the elections and with him as your leader/PM-in-waiting.


  1. How neutral is BMI?
    Who paid for the study ?

  2. Ya......see what happen to britain when they made the wrong decision. hahahaha......go la, undi rosak

    kaytee should just be self exiled in australia like that pope in the 19th century during Italy unification war

    Seriously, Francis II, regardless of his extreme conservative, was a relatively good emperor even to his italian subjects. Heck, I can argue even the Pope was relatively not bad as compared to Garibaldi.

    Ah but then........hahahaha

  3. likewise all I can do is wish you good luck with your endeavors, after all we can't be expecting the young ones to make big decisions just yet, wait till all your ideals are in perfect alignment with the stars and principles before you decide to make that earth shattering decision

    undirosak 1 demented geriatric 0