It seems CM Lim Guan Eng is not comfortable with such development whereby it looks like UMNO is not interested in PRK DUN Chempaka, but more focused on Permatang Pauh. His statement via FB is as follows:
Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 16.2.2015.
To Help UMNO Win Permatang Pauh Parliamentary Seat, UMNO Will Not Contest In Cempaka To Please PAS And Distance Itself From Ibrahim Ali’s Deplorable Attacks On Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat Even After Nik Aziz’s Death.
UMNO Pulau Pinang is clearer stronger than UMNO Kelantan. This is demonstrated by UMNO Kelantan Chairman Mustapa Mohamed suggesting that UMNO should not contest in the Cempaka state seat that is vacant following the death of PAS spiritual leader and former Kelantan Menteri Besar Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat. Mustapa’s rationale for opting out of contesting is to focus on flood repairs and rehabilitation work, sounded so weak and unconvincing that even pro-UMNO Perkasa President Ibrahim Ali criticised it as hypocritical.
In contrast to Kelantan UMNO’s reluctance, UMNO Pulau Pinang Chairman Zainal Abidin Osman is going all-out to contest Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat because UMNO Penang is confident of doing well. This suggestion of contesting in one out of two by-elections is a calculated political strategy to maximize UMNO’s strength, concentrate its resources and divide PR by pleasing PAS. To help UMNO win Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat, UMNO will not contest in Cempaka to please PAS and distance itself from Ibrahim Ali’s deplorable attacks on Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat, even after Nik Aziz’s death
Clearly UMNO is going to take an extremist position to win Permatang Pauh that is opposite to the now debunked 1Malaysia concept. The public contempt shown by UMNO towards MCA, MIC and Gerakan is so obvious that UMNO can tell MCA to leave BN if they do not toe the line, whereas MCA dare not even ask UMNO to leave BN.
Nothing highlights this than Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s stubborn refusal to apologise for his lies maligning the the Chinese community for oppressing the Malays and that Chinese traders should be boycotted for not reducing prices. MCA Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan says it is pointless to pursue the matter futher since Ismail has no courage to apologise. MCA is so confused and unprincipled that they no longer understand the meaning of the word “courage’.
Courage means persisting in doing the right thing and doing it right, including admitting that you have made a mistake. It is not courage when you refuse to apologise for doing something wrong. Ismail’s refusal to admit making a mistake, or concede that he has wrongfully maligned the Chinese community, is not courage but sheer cowardice. Why did MCA dare not openly describe Ismail Sabri as a coward in Cabinet but has decided to surrender and drop the matter?
This confusion between courage and cowardice is sadder than MCA President Liow Tiong Lai meekly accepting Ismail Sabri’s meaningless expression of regret that did not retract his lies nor say sorry to the Chinese community. MCA feels that they can end this extremist controversy by a racist UMNO Minister, by using their control of BN-controlled mass media to no longer publish or highlight this issue prominently. However the Chinese community will not behave like MCA and subject itself to such bullying and unfair victimisation by UMNO?
My take? To be honest, Permatang Pauh is for Pakatan Rakyat’s to lose. Similar to PRK Teluk Intan, it looks as if it is written that PR to retain the seat.
Some may ask, why I quoted “Teluk Intan”? Simple, at this moment, I don’t see BN is going to win it by their effort 100%, but more likely to who and how PR is going to play it.
Who will PR going to choose as their candidate? For now, I don’t think DS Wan Azizah is technically available (due to her resignation to give way to her husband) and also her obligation as Kajang ADUN.
Pretty much, I think to put her as candidate can risk the confidence on HOW she is going to manage DUN Kajang AND Permatang Pauh if she is (or can be) to win the Permatang Pauh by-election. One in the central (and for the past few years having flood issues) and another up in the north. Can she manage it?
This also does not take into account on how she carry herself as ADUN and/or MP. Yes, as a wife to DS Anwar, she is an exemplary as how a wife to a leader could be best behaved. However, as MP or ADUN, pretty much, she is not having good points so far.
So, who? Anyone from DS Anwar’s family certainly can be suicidal. If anyone from the family is being chosen, I think this is the most political core family in Malaysia (when I say core, it means a very direct and close relationship, closer than Najib-Hishamuddin relationship, beating Pak Lah-KJ’s relationship and of course, going beyond Lim Kit Siang-Lim Guan Eng tag team). Imagine, the father, the mother, a daughter and another one will make 4 core family members in political scene.
And that is for the “who” topic.
As for how, I can’t tell so far, as recent economic developments shows no positive signs for Pakatan Rakyat. To make it worse, PKR strategic director also does not do good. Rafizi’s theory on the price of goods would go down when the oil price goes down is back firing. It has been three times at least the oil price has been revised, and yet it seems the goods’ price yet going down as fast as when they went up.
Will PR play DS Anwar’s issue to win? Yes, most likely.. but as to how and how much?
I am anxious to see who and how. For now, in my view, it is Pakatan to lose… not BN to win!
Question on the street: Who will lead the battle for PR in Permatang Pauh?