In 1995 after gerrymandering by the election commission about 15,000 voters were alienated to Cheras and a few thousand to another constituency, However he still won with a 6,500 majority.
Fong Kui Loon, a used car trader, was picked by the DAP to stand in the 1999 General Elections and he won by a 1,100 majority.
In the 2004 General Elections Fong Kui Loon won with a very thin majority of about 300.
Always relishing the role of a devil's advocate and realising that this would bring about a three-party contest, I cynically volunteered that his money would be better spent on 30 year old Balvenie Single Malts. In short I told him that no way was DAP willing to give back that seat to an ex-DAP man. Typical of him he stood up (but I was far from inebriation and was not sitting on any durians) and pointedly asked: "Is DAP still relevant....their popularity vote has slided (see above). If it has to be a 3-way fight, so be it."
This type of situation is what is worrying about the opposition. Sacrificing for a common good . If the focus is to deprive the BN of the 2/3 majority, old animosity must be purged, detoxed to fight together on a common front. At this point in time, the opposition cannot be wishy-washy. THEY HAVE TO BITE THE BULLET!
GOOD LUCK WEE*
* Wee Choo Keong is the sec.general of the Malaysian Democratic Party