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‘Penang voters have blinkered vision’

 | June 27, 2012

Traditionally Penang voters have voted for the BN or DAP and they don’t have any time for third political parties.

GEORGE TOWN: The voters in Penang have blinkered vision. For years they have single -mindedly voted for the ruling party or the opposition.

So, all the talk of a three-cornered or four-cornered contests in the state and parliamentary seats could be far fetched.

Gerakan vice-president Dr Teng Hock Nan, who is well versed in Penang politics, says traditionally it always has been the Barisan Nasional against the opposition, namely the DAP.

The DAP has made claims some third party would play a spoiler‘s role but Teng says that other parties or independents would play a very insignificant role in Penang politics.

“Even during the by-elections in Penang, the contests are often between BN and the opposition,” Teng said.

Since 2008, Penang has witnessed the mushrooming of alternative political voices, non-governmental organisations and social activists. Both the DAP and BN made accusations that these parties have political leanings, especially when there are protests.

“I doubt any Independents would have a chance in Penang. But, one may never know since politics is always a roller-coaster ride. It has its ups and downs,’’ said Teng.

DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong is nonetheless bracing for such a possibility, saying generally it would benefit BN if there are three or more cornered fights for seats in Penang.

The Independents or third alternative parties may dilute the votes for Pakatan if they are fielded in certain seats, Liew said.

Only Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) is likely to contest as a third party. Their vice president Cheng Guan, a former Gerakan vice-president, is a popular leader.

Huan when contacted, said that any political party must contest in an election.

“It is only then can they access if they have real support from the electorate,” ’Huan said.

PCM is slated to contest in two parliament and four state seats here.


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