Whilst DPM can kiss his 5000 majority win goodbye, it is still a difficult task for Pakatan to win this by-elections despite Cikgu Mala winning ways swinging votes to PAS and despite DAP’s concerted efforts in the three three Chinese-majority polling districts in the Tenang constituency — Labis, LabisTengah, Labis Timur . DAP must go into top gear and improve on what PAS secured in 2008 — 50 to 67 per cent of the votes. DAP Johor chairman concedes that although they are quite sure of close to 65% there are still areas of fence-sitters.
Pakatan thus far has won the visibility campaign but the last three days must see Pakatan exert more effort and leave nothing to chance, like hoping that those young men and women across the causeway and northern states will come back to vote. The general perception is that since it is near CNY, they will return. But we forget that these young voters are working in Singapore and Singapore’s work culture is different. However, this is another perception. The reality is that they could come back on a Saturday night, vote and get back to Singapore in slightly over 2 hours on Sunday. Coming back from KL too is not an impossible effort.
Pakatan wants to win and they can if they take these must-do non insurmountable steps:
From tonight on and in their ceremahs they must tell the audience to get their absent-voters working outside Tenang thru SMS to come back. Judging from the ceremahs I have attended and their enthusiastic shouts of “Huan” (change) there is no doubt that the majority of Chinese parents are already convinced that the time for change can start at Tenang. So get them to urge their young to return to vote.
It is still not too late for Pakatan to announce a meet the voters session in Singapore….cross the cause way tomorrow night, meet the boys and girls and do their magic. It’s not been done before. There is always a first time. And this may be the time.
JUST DO IT PAKATAN!
THREE CRUCIAL DAYS THAT MIGHT JUST MAKE A DIFFERENCE!