Saturday, April 17, 2010

Four-cornered fight in Hulu Selangor, Orang Asli can be the deciders

It's four-cornered fight in Hulu Selangor, they are Barisan Nasional's P. Kamalanathan, PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and Independent candidates V.S. Chandran and Johan Mohd Diah.

There are 64,500 registered voters in Hulu Selangor, with 63,701 regular voters and 799 postal voters.

In a Malay-majority seat, the Malays make up the majority with 34,020 voters or 52.7%. The next is the Chinese with 16,964 voters (26.3%) followed by the Indians at 12,453 voters or 19.3%.

Undeniably, exploring the increasing complexity of racial and ethnic politics is the strategy of the opposition. It may be the ongoing cause of many voters to vote for Zaid simply on the basis of skin color and unhappiness.

The issue appears to be more about racial sentiment of Malays than spirit of BN.

Ironically, during the last general election, almost all the Orang Asli voted for the BN, but the political landscape might change as the opposition will certainly mobilize the resources to get the support.

Confronted with evidence that the 721 Orang Asli electorate, it seems that they can be the deciders with the Malay and Indian votes split in half, with the Chinese still loyal to the Pakatan.

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