YOURSAY 'No one in the party listens to him; he has no influence at all on the party; he says one thing, the party does another.'
Slight dip in PM's popularity, gets Chinese boost
Clever Voter: Despite the huge advantage through his control over media, police, business, and seemingly endless flow of public money, PM Najib Razak cannot control public sentiments.
At more than 60 percent approval rating, anyone would have been able to walk all over his opponents. But Najib is not BN, and neither BN is Najib.
What do the public think of his subordinates and the entire coalition he leads? Fundamental issues that matter to the public have not been addressed.
What we have so far is a self-appointed Santa Claus dishing out goodies that don't belong to him. Anyone of us can do that.
Hasrul Junaidi: The Chinese are the problem in Malaysia. They should have sent Dr Mahathir Mohamad packing in 1999 but chose to save him when even the Malays wanted to kick him out.
When you choose a corrupt leader or party, then you deserve the government you get. Indeed, you reap what you sow.
Jiminy Qrikert: Hasrul Junaidi, you are correct - the Chinese were the problem; it was the Chinese support that rescued Mahathir (TDM) in 1999.
But there is a huge difference between TDM and Najib. TDM is smart, that we must concede. While he berated everyone and reserving the worst insults for Malays, he had enough cow sense to stroke the egos of the Chinese attributing the success of Malaysia to Chinese when it suited him and even divided the rakyat by saying it was the Chinese who contributed the most in taxes.
With such glowing compliments, the Chinese swung behind him, believing he was worthy of Chinese support. Not so Najib of the 1987 'bath this keris' and 'you help me, I help you' fame.
Najib does not have the brains that shrewd TDM had to recognise that the Chinese expect a 'win' to be a real win and not some convenient mirage. TDM seemed to be giving Chinese due recogition. Najib only offers band-aids.
The word on the street is 90 percent of the Chinese will vote against Najib and BN, while pollster Merdeka Centre claims 42 percent approve of Najib. The problem is 52 percent still reject Najib.
Not only this, but if the ratings fluctuate as much as this from month to month, Najib will have to spend mega-sums in the immediate weeks before the actual polling day to ensure the Chinese think of him favourably as they go to the polls.
Then, he also has to spend big time to swing the Malays and Indians back as well. All this needs to happen in the final four to six weeks for greatest impact.
So, this simply will prove Najib is nothing but a horse trader with tunnel vision and devoid of the requisite intelligence to play the races the way TDM did.
The rakyat will not be fooled by this shallow horse trader and will do what any smart person will - take the money but vote for the man and party that will take Malaysia towards success and a brighter future.
Lin Wenquan: That the government recognition of certificates by Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC) has resulted in a surge in Chinese approval of PM is both presumptuous and delusionary.
After so many years of flat refusal, this sudden 'magnanimous' gesture is nothing more that an election gimmick. To TARC graduates past and present, it merely represents a small opening 'to join public universities and the civil service'.
They have been honed to fend for themselves during the days when they were left out in the cold by a racially-biased regime. TARC alumni are in good demand in the private sector, both locally and abroad and so this 'charity' does little to impact the students per se.
Timothy: MCA said that the move enables 100,000 former students who had earned such certificates prior to the establishment of the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) in 2008 to use their qualifications to join public universities and the civil service.
The Chinese must not be blinded by this recognition. If 100,000 are qualified to join public universities and civil service, how many applied and how many were accepted?
Onyourtoes: Someone is orchestrating all these nonsense. PM's overall popularity was more than 65 percent, and among the Malays it was 75 percent and yet the party that he led is so unpopular.
He must be a very popular person leading a very unpopular party. Now, you tell me logically how this could happen - no one in the party listens to him; he has no influence at all on the party; he says one thing, the party does another.
Odin: The rise in the Chinese acceptance of Najib doesn't mean a thing. East Malaysia watchers will tell us that the BN's fixed deposit accounts are, to play on one of the banking industry's well-known phrases, irregular.
The BN is on shaky ground in Sabah, while in Sarawak, ‘Der Fuehrer' Taib Mahmud does not like Najib after the latter asked him to step down. Anyone who displeases Der Fuehrer ‘ist kaput'.
Sabahan: During these past four years, I note a change in my Chinese friends' attitude towards Ah Jib Gor (Brother Najib). Previously they just dislike him. Now they hate him.
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