KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk A. Kadir Jasin predicted that Barisan Nasional (BN) will win big in Johor, just like how the party won in the Melaka state election last November.
According to the veteran journalist, BN’s win was sparked by the rift in Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“If the Melaka state election last November is applied on the Johor state election this 12 March, UMNO will win big. Not because of the strength of UMNO but its opponent parties have lost their direction.
“Perikatan Nasional (PN), Pakatan Harapan (PH) and PKR may repeat its bad fall in Melaka. PH and PKR also lost badly in the Sarawak state election on 18 December.
“Many parties are against UMNO and there are also many people who wanted change. However, they broke apart during the Melaka state election,” he said in a Facebook post.
According to A. Kadir, PH has been broken in two as PKR wanted to use its own logo while DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) wished to use the PH logo.
He said, the action would confuse the voters and take away their confidence due to the selfishness portrayed by the opposition.
“Based on these factors, UMNO has an edge.
“MUDA will be making its maiden appearance since it was registered on 23 December through its cooperation with PH and PKR.
“This party can help to attract votes from the youths for the opposition camp. Meanwhile, for the first time, Pejuang will be fighting its fate alone,” he sai.d
He also likened PN as the grass in the middle of the road – neither here nor there.
In his latest post, A. Kadir said that Bersatu is not strong while PAS is weak.
“Bersatu won the seats in Johor during the last General Election (GE) on the joint-strength with PH.
“It seems, Bersatu can get ready to kick itself as it was blatantly cheated by UMNO and its faction, Mohamed Azmin Ali to make the dumbest political action by being a tool in the Sheraton Move two years ago.
“Its own President, Mahiaddin Md. Yasin surrendered on 25 January when he declared that he would not defend his Gambir State Assembly seat,” he said.
According to him, UMNO would surely be hoping to gain from the three-cornered fight where PH and PH/PKR would meet. It will win if its traditional votes maintains while the opposition votes are split.
In Melaka, BN only won 38.4 percent of the votes due to the split votes.
Generally, Johor UMNO is not as strong as it seems.
“They could have a strong number of members and supporters but the quality of their leadership is not strong as they have failed to present a candidate for Prime Minister since the retirement of the late Tun Hussein Onn in 1981.
“We cannot put Mahiaddin into the picture as he got the position through power coup.
“Thus, I believe that many people don’t trust the former Menteri Besar of Johor, Mohamed Khaled Nordin when he said that the whole country has left the court cluster behind and moved forward in search of stability, economy recovery and to create a future,” he said while adding that it is difficult to trust a person who has lost his own Parliamentary and state seats in GE14.
He also predicted that the court cluster and its lackeys would use the Johor election to any other opportunity to remain useful until their final plea to the Federal Court is completed. -MalaysiaGazette