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Pakatan’s Achilles heel in Penang

 | June 26, 2012

The BN opposition in the state feels that they have spotted some weaknesses in the Pakatan government which they can capitalise on.

GEORGE TOWN: All the odds are against Barisan Nasional re-taking Penang but there is one man who believes there is some hope.

State opposition leader Azhar Ibrahim believes he has found Pakatan’s Achilles heel – its shoddy treatment of Malay and Indian voters.

He feels that the votes of the two communities could swing in favour of BN.

He said BN’s optimism is based on the return of support among a sizeable number of Malay and Indian communities here.

BN is also showing signs that it is capable of overcoming the alleged manipulation of facts and figures by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to distort the actual socio-economic situation in the state.

Azhar said state’s profits only came from selling the state’s assets to the federal government and not because of its austerity drive.

He added that the possibility of winning hinges on whether BN can capitalise on the mismanaged state seats.

There are several constituencies where Pakatan representatives have failed to deliver.

Among the constituencies are Jawi, Machang Bubuk, Sungai Bakap, Padang Lallang on the mainland while on the island, they are Sungai Pinang, Kebun Bunga, Batu Uban, Batu Maung and Tanjung Bungah.

Some of the areas mentioned are not because BN is strong, but because there exists a degree of infighting among Pakatan’s own factions.

But the odds are still stacked against BN. The Chinese community is unhappy with BN’s current policies, particularly the Government Transformation Programme (GTP), which have yet to impact the average person.

Secondly, BN leaders are tainted with lingering allegations of corruption, nepotism and cronyism, triggering a perception that the GTP is only out to benefit individuals and not the country as a whole.

Thirdly, the performance of Pakatan led by Lim is said to be encouraging.


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