National Implications of the Sandakan By-Election Results

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Member of Parliament for Bangi and Assistant National Director for Political Education for the Democratic Action Party (DAP) on the 13th of May, 2019

The Sandakan parliament by-election results provided a much needed morale booster to Pakatan Harapan (PH) after 3 successive by-election defeats in Cameron Highlands (parliament), Semenyih (state) and Rantau (state). Sandakan also provides some important lessons and implications for PH at the national level. To deliver Sandakan’s ‘winning formula’ to other parts of Malaysia is definitely more challenging but not impossible.

Summary of Results

The expectation was that with a reduced turnout, DAP would have its majority of approximately 10,000 votes from GE14 cut significantly. But despite overall turnout falling from 71.9% in GE14 to 54.4% in the by-election, DAP managed to increase its vote share by 7.4% from 66.8% in GE14 to 74.2% in the by-election. With this increase in vote share and the presence of independent candidates which siphoned away 5.1% of total votes (presumably from PBS), DAP was able to increase its majority to 11521 in the by-election (See Table 1).

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随着希盟执政将近一年,应持谨慎及乐观态度面对2019下半年的经济展望

2019年5月8日- 马来西亚国际贸易及工业部副部长王建民博士媒体文告

1. 当马来西亚统计局(DOSM)在商业趋势调查报告中公布2019年第一季度季度信心指标时,这数据显示从2018年第四季度的7.1%降至-2.2% 。从统计局公布的2019年2月领先指数经济指标数据显示,从118.9下降了2.2%至116.3,这是自2009年4月以来的最大跌幅。由市场研究公司IHS-Markit发布的2019年3月日经指数采购经理指数(PMI)显示为47.2,这个指数连续第六个月低于50大关(更多关于此后的意义))。第一季度的贸易总额下降了1.5%。 而2019年马来西亚第一季度经济负面消息也因零售销售放缓。

2. 在所有这些负面消息中,随着希盟(PH)执政一年后,有一些积极的迹象显示经济有正面回转的现象并谨慎乐观地认为2019年下半年将会有更好的成绩。

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Cautious Optimism on the Economic Outlook for the 2nd Half of 2019 as Pakatan Harapan (PH) Approaches its First Year in Government

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) on the 8th of May, 2019

When the Quarterly Confidence Indicator for the 1st Quarter of 2019 was published by the Department of Statistics, Malaysia (DOSM), in the Business Tendency Survey report, this figure dropped to negative 2.2% from positive 7.1% in Q4 2018.[1] The February 2019 figure for the Leading Index Economic Indicator, also published by DOSM, showed a 2.2% fall from 118.9 to 116.3, the largest fall since April 2009.[2] The Nikkei Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for March 2019, published by IHS-Markit, a market research firm, showed a figure of 47.2, the sixth straight month for which this index was under the 50 mark (more on the significance of this later).[3] Total trade for the first quarter declined by 1.5%. The negative news surrounding the Malaysian economy in the 1st quarter of 2019 was also felt “on the ground” through slower retail sales.

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