Winning the Malay and Bumiputra vote, one step at a time…

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 7th of February, 2019

The question of how much Malay support was obtained by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th General Election (GE14) has been raised periodically since the 9th of May, 2019. Merdeka Center, a respected polling company, estimates that PH’s share of the Malay vote in GE14 at between 25-30%, BN’s share at between 35-40% and PAS’s share to be between 30-33%.[1]

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The inability for PH to make significant headway among the Orang Asli and Malay voters in Cameron Highlands shows how much more work needs to be done

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming on the Cameron Highlands By-Election Results on the 28th of January, 2019

A day before the campaign for the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat by-election began on the 12th of January, 2019, I wrote the following[1]:

Winning this by-election is difficult but not impossible. If PH can hit the following by-election targets, chances are there for PH to eke out a victory. These targets include:

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The first major electoral test for Pakatan Harapan (PH) is to win the Cameron Highlands by-election despite the many challenges

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming on the 12th of January 2019 on the Cameron Highlands By-Election

The Cameron Highlands by-election campaign, which kicks off on the 12th of January 2019, will be the first major electoral test for Pakatan Harapan (PH) since the 14th General Election. This is the first by-election in a seat which was won by the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 14th GE, albeit by a small margin of 597 votes.

Even though PH now holds power at the federal level, we cannot assume that this power will translate into more support on the 26th of January, the polling day for this by-election, as with new powers and responsibilities comes new expectations and challenges.

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