Sunday, March 31, 2013

Gelang Patah Declaration --DAP's promsie to the Indian community



GelangPatah Declaration: A Vision& Strategy for Indian Empowerment.

The DAP offers justice, peace and equality for all.

The DAP puts the aspirations of the people at the centre of its social and economic policies.

The DAP recognizes BN’s 56 year rule has created unequal distribution of wealth, resulting in poverty among Indians and other vulnerable groups. But we shall ensure fair and effective distribution of our national wealth. 

Our policies will help all marginalized communities, especially the Indian poor and the lower middle-classes.

The GelangPatah Declaration aims to create an enabling environment for the Indian community. The DAP  recognizes thesignificant contribution and struggles of the Indian community and wants to re-affirm, through thisGelangPatah Declaration, that under our leadership the inherent rights and standard of living of Indians will be protected and promoted. 

The GelangPatah Declaration is DAPs promise to the Indian community in Malaysia.
1.    To resolve the problem of thestateless Indians within 100 days of a Pakatan administration;

2.    To establish a National Housing Board which will build decent and affordable housing for marginalized groups,  especially fordisplaced Indian plantation workers;

3.    To ensure that all National School Type Tamil schools become fully funded and the infrastructure of every single school is up to par with SekolahKebangsaan;

4.    To invest in technical and vocational training coupled with apprenticeship programs to provide an alternative education and career path for school drop outs from low income Indian families;

5.    To provide jobs and raise the wages of low income Indians by implementing a-RM1100 minimum wage scheme;

6.    To increase the number of Indians in GLCs, local councils, and public services;
7.    To alienate land for existing Hindu temples and burial grounds and find replacement land for temples and burial grounds which have to be relocated;

8.    To provide microcredit and other financial assistance schemes to Indian small businesses, with a special focus on women, youths and home based business;

9.    To put in place the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and to eliminate deaths in police custody and custodial deaths;

10.To establish a special fund to promote Indian equity ownership in the country; 

11.To establish a Commission to address urban poverty and social problems faced by the community;

12.To establish policies that could economically enable single mothers, including house ownership scheme;

13.To establish or enrol in existing residential schools outstanding Indian students from plantation and urban poor families;

14.To abolish all anti-rakyat legislation and to get rid of discrimination.

GelangPatah
31st, March, 2013 


(On 31st March 2013, the DAP Gelang Patah Declaration “A Vision and Strategy for Indian Empowerment” was formally launched in Gelang Patah at a historic meeting attended by DAP national, state and local leaders including DAP Parliamentary Leader Sdr Lim Kit Siang , DAP National Vice Chairman , M. Kulasegeran, DAP MPs Gobind Singh Deo (Puchong), Charles Santiago (Klang) and Manogaran (Teluk Intan), former Senator S. Ramakrishnan, DAP State Assemblymen including Perak Assemblyman for Sungkai A. Sivanesan and Negri Sembilan Assemblyman for Senawang P. Gunasekaren.)



DAP will ensure that the Indians’ social and economic setbacks will be effectively addressed.



Speech by M.Kula Segaran, MP for Ipoh Barat and DAP National Vice Chairman at Good Hope Hotel, JB during the launch of DAP's "Blue Print for the Indians"-- ( Gelang Patah Declaration )  on 31st March 2013

DAP will ensure that the Indians’ social and economic setbacks will be effectively addressed




Lim Kit Siang announced the Gelang Patah Declaration


Indian population is only about 7% of the total population in the country. Yet in terms of economic and social problems, the Indians are the most affected and many long standing Indian issues remain unaddressed and unresolved after 56 years under the BN rule.

The introduction of the New Economic Policy [NEP] in 1970 was aimed to eliminate poverty and improve the economic situation of all races. But the result was the reverse for the Indian community.

In the 70's, the majority of the Indian community was in the rural areas and engaged in the estates as labourers. But due to fragmentation of estates,  there was migration of Indians from the rural areas to the urban areas.

Now over 70% live in the urban areas. The majority are in the "urban poor" situation and are saddled with high crime rate, unemployment and social issues.

Various BN Government programmes have not been effective in assisting or eliminating the setbacks to the Indian community.

In 1970, 17% of the Government work force were Indian. Now it's less than 5%.

Stateless people applicants were 9529 and 6590 applicants were approved, said the BN government.  But these statistics can't be believed as thousands are said to be non citizens. 

Last year, the BN government announced the building of 7 new Tamil schools and the allocation of additional 1000 matriculation paces from the present 509 to the Indian students.

Till today, new Tamil schools have not been built yet. In fact, even construction has not started.

Out of the additional 1000 matriculation seats, only 70% were offered.

I have raised these two issues in Parliament and reminded the Government of its unkept promises. If it can't ful fill clear cut promises when election is so near, how will these promises be ever carried out in full?


I n 1999, I resisted the abolishment of the South Indian Labour Fund (SILF). SILF was initially set up by the British to assist South Indians economically including financing their return to India if the need be.

I moved a parliamentary motion to press for its continued existence and I suggested an annual allocation of RM half billion yearly to propel the Indians economically. My suggestion was killed by MIC and BN.

It is sad to say this but the fact is that many Indians today feel they are the third class citizens of this country.

In fact, in 2000, TIME magazine has carried an article about the Malaysian Indians, describing them as a "disgruntled underclass" with many of them feeling like "third-class citizens" in the country and the "real losers" since the introduction of the New Economic Policy in 1970.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib has talked about Nambike and asked the Indian community to place their trust in him and BN government.

But has BN government really listened to the cry of despair of the Indian community?

BN has not listened for decades before the last general election, and Najib has not truly listened too since becoming the nation; sixth Prime Minister.

What Najib has done for the Indian community in the last 4 years are just too little and too late. Many measures implemented are merely for the purpose of wooing voter support and are not solutions to the long standing problems faced by the Indian community.

DAP and Pakatan Rakyat vow to bring about A Better Malaysia for All and to correct the injustices done to the Indian community.

We are committed to offer a permanent solution to the many issues faced by the Indian community. 

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Later, I spoke at a Ubah truck Ceramah held at Skudai. I had questioned why no action had been taken against Kulim Bandar Baru MP Zulkilfi Noordin for  insulting Hinduim and hurting the feelings of Hindus.






4th Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah--Lim Kit Siang

11-Day Countdown to 13GE: 4th Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah – Pakatan to target 12 parliament seats from the non-BN fixed deposit states in Peninsular Malaysia to pave the way to Putrajaya in 13GE--Lim Kit Siang


Over the past 3 days, I have outlined the three objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah as part of the larger objective to propel Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya.

The Third Objective which I outlined yesterday was Pakatan’s target to win 33 out of 83 parliamentary seats in the three fixed deposit states of Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

If Pakatan can successfully defend the 80 parliamentary seats it won in the non-fixed deposit states in Peninsular Malaysia in GE12 and the Kuala Terengganu by-election, and if Pakatan can win 33 additional seats in the three BN fixed deposit states of Johor, Sabah and Sarawak, then Pakatan would exceed the magic number of 112 needed to form the Federal Government.

However, Pakatan can only win with a good and comfortable majority if we can win at least 125 parliamentary seats in 13GE, comprising say 45 seats for PKR and 40 seats each for DAP and PAS.
To reach the 125 seat (or a 28 seat majority) target, Pakatan needs to win 12 more parliament seats from the non BN-fixed deposit states.

This the Fourth Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah.

There were a total of 25 parliament seats which the BN won less than 55% of the popular vote (not including Kuala Terengganu). There is at least one of these BN marginal seats in every one of the non BN fixed deposit seats. Pakatan will target to win half of these seats. The 12 marginal seats which Pakatan can realistically win include Arau in Perlis; Alor Setar in Kedah; Kuala Nerus in Terengganu; Larut, Kuala Kangsar, Kampar and Lumut in Perak, Bentong, Raub and Jerantut in Pahang, Sabak Bernam and Pandan in Selangor, Rembau in Negri Sembilan and Bukit Katil in Melaka.

The other marginal BN seats which are in our sights are Dungun in Terengganu; Jerlun in Kedah; Padang Rengas, Tambun, Parit, Tapah, Pasir Salak and Bagan Datok in Perak; Temerloh in Pahang; Sepang in Selangor; and Jempol in Negeri Sembilan.

These seats are already marginal seats to begin with. Many of these seats have experienced a sizable increase in the number of new voters, many of whom are younger voters who are more attracted to Pakatan’s hope for the future than to be threatened by BN’s scaremongering references to the past.

With more time for preparation and the fielding of candidates who have worked the ground in these areas, Pakatan’s chances of being able to deliver another 12 seats out of these 25 marginal seats and at the same time defend all of its seats won in the non BN-fixed deposit seats look bright.

The Battle for Gelang Patah has already sent out political ripples to nearby seats in Southern Johor. We will see it spread to the rest of Johor in the coming weeks.

During the campaign, the surge in the mood for change will emerge from the ground in Sabah and Sarawak, which can no longer be considered fixed deposit states for the BN.

This groundswell will also emerge in the other non BN fixed deposit states in Peninsular Malaysia and will send the Pakatan to power in Putrajaya and Najib to a newfound position as the leader of the opposition, which also may be a short lived position for him.

No wonder then that Najib is too ‘kiasu’ and ‘kiasi’ to dissolve Parliament as he knows that his time as the 6th Prime Minister is coming to an end and that even his time as BN opposition leader after the 13th general election will be a short lived one.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Third Objective of Battle of Gelang Patah--Lim Kit Siang

12-Day Countdown to 13GE: Third Objective of Battle of Gelang Patah – BN’s fixed deposit states of Johore, Sabah and Sarawak “Going, Going, Gone!” by targeting to win 33 out of the 83 Parliamentary seats in the three states

--Lim Kit Siang 


In the last two days, I had discussed the first two objectives of the Battle of Gelang Patah:

Objective One: to target the six Parliamentary and 13 State Assembly seats in south Johore to pave the way for Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya in the 13th General Elections. The six Parliamentary seats are Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, Tebrau, Gelang Patah, Kulai and Pulai. The 13 State Assembly seats are: Stulang, Tanjong Puteri, Johore Jaya, Permas, Puteri Wangsa, Tiram, Skudai, Nusajaya, Pengkalan Rinting, Kempas, Senai, Bukit Batu and Bukit Permai.

Objective Two: to target a total of 19 Parliamentary seats and 30 State Assembly seats in the state of Johor, including the six Parliamentary and 13 State Assembly seats in South Johore which I had already mentioned. The additional 13 Parliamentary seats in the rest of Johore are Tanjong Piai, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Bakri, Labis, Segamat, Sekijang, Ledang, Muar, Ayer Hitam, Sri Gading, Simpang Rengam and Sembrong. The additional 17 State Assemby seats are Pekan Nenas, Mengkibol, Penggaram, Bentayam, Sungai Abong, Bekok, Jementah, Tangkak, Paloh, Yong Peng, Mahkota, Layang-Layang, Parit Yaani, Maharani, Gambir, Tenang and Pemanis.

I am not claiming that Pakatan Rakyat can score a bullseye and win all the 19 Parliamentary and 30 State Assembly seats in Johore mentioned. In fact, if Pakatan Rakyat can achieve 50 per cent of this target, it is already a “phenomenal political revolution” in Johor, bearing in mind the arrogant boasts of Barisan Nasional leaders just five years ago before the 2008 general elections that they would ensure that Johore would become a “zero Opposition” state!

I am of course expecting hitting a more than 50% success for the PR target of 19 Parliamentary and 30 State Assembly seats in Johore the 13GE.

In fact, it would be easier to achieve the objective of winning more than one-third of the Parliamentary seats in Johore and help propel Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya to form the new Federal Government than to win a simple majority in the State Assembly seats to form the next Johore State Government in the 13GE.

For the past ten days, Barisan Nasional leaders have been attacking me for returning to my home state to contest in Gelang Patah, with more than one leader warning that it could backfire and that I could be defeated in Gelang Patah.

I agree that my leaving Ipoh Timor where I had won with a majority of 21,000 votes in the 2008 general election to contest in Gelang Patah where the MCA/BN candidates had won with humongous majorities of over 8,000 votes in 2008 and over 31,000 votes in 2004 is a very high-risk venture.

But I am prepared to accept all the risks of being “kubured” (word coined by BN propagandists) in Gelang Patah, as I am not prepared to be “kiasu” and “kiasi” like the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who up to now is unable to decide when the dissolve Parliament to hold the 13GE although his premiership, Cabinet and Government have long “expired” in credibility and legitimacy after the fifth anniversary of the “308 political tsunami” on March 8.

The Battle of Gelang Patah is never about the victory or defeat of an individual or the gains or losses of individual parties.

It is about the Battle of Johor, whether Johore can become a “kingmaker” in the 13GE to spark a political tsunami in the country from the south and cross the South China Sea to effect the first peaceful and democratic transfer of federal power from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat.

It is about the Battle of Malaysia, which takes me to the Third Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah – to signal in clear and unmistakable terms that the Barisan Nasional’s three fixed deposit states of Johore, Sabah and Sarawak are “Going, Going, Gone!”

In the 13GE, the three “fixed deposit states” of Sabah, Sarawak and Johore hold the keys to Putrajaya.
In the 2008 General Elections, PR won 82 parliamentary seats while BN won 140 seats. If in the 13GE, PR can win at least 40% of the total of 83 parliamentary seats in these three states, i.e. 33 out of a total of 83 seats in Johore, Sabah and Sarawak, PR would have exceeded the magic number of 112 for a simple majority of the 222 parliamentary seats.

The Third Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah is to target to win 33 Parliamentary seats for Pakatan Rakyat in the three BN “fixed-deposit states” of Johore, Sabah and Sarawak.

However, PR can only win with a good and comfortable majority if we can win at least 125 parliamentary seats (i.e. a majority of 28) in 13GE, comprising say 45 seats for PKR and 40 seats each for DAP and PAS.
The question is whether PR can win another 10 – 12 parliamentary seats from Barisan Nasional’s total of 140 seats won in 2008 from states other than the three “fixed deposit states” of Johore, Sabah and Sarawak.

I will discuss this Fourth Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah tomorrow.

Bar Council: AGC has enough proof to reopen Altantuya murder file

Bar Council: AGC has enough proof to reopen Altantuya murder file

By Debra Chong,
Assistant News Editor
March 30, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, March 30  The recent public testimonies by Deepak Jaikishan, P. Balasubramaniam and the dead private detective’s lawyer Americk Sidhu are strong enough grounds for the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to reopen the controversial 2006 murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, the Malaysian Bar’s new president said today.

Christopher Leong, who took office earlier this month, told the public prosecutors they should not defer further investigating the case that have thrown two former elite policemen on death row.

“The revelations by Deepak Jaikishan, the late Balasubramaniam Perumal, and Americk Singh Sidhu raise sufficient concern to warrant further investigations by the authorities.

“Such further investigations may or may not lead to anything new, but we would only know if additional investigations are in fact undertaken,” he said in a statement today.

Leong was responding to Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s March 26 reply to the Bar Council’s initial call, in which the Attorney-General was reported saying his department could only reopen the case if there was new evidence for fear of setting a bad precedent.

The lawyer noted that the recent revelations by the trio, particularly carpet dealer Deepak who was central to arranging for Balasubramaniam to recant his first sworn statement, were new evidence that may provide the crucial motive to the Mongolian interpreter’s killing.

He said that motive, which refers to the reason for a person to commit a crime, had not been satisfactorily dealt with when the case was tried at the High Court in 2007, as the law did not actually require it, unlike “mens rea”, the intent to commit crime and an essential element in convicting murder suspects.
“However, motive may be important in cases where there is doubt as to the ‘mens rea’, or where there are questions as to whether there may be more people connected with or involved in the crime, and the nature or extent of such connection or involvement,” he said.

Leong reminded that the High Court had found the two former policemen guilty of having intended to kill Altantuya and did in fact kill her, but acquitted a third man, political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda who once had an affair with the Mongolian woman and was accused of having abetted former Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and ex-Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar.

The Court of Appeal will hear the two ex-policemen’s appeal in June.

Balasubramaniam or “PI Bala” accused several top federal government personalities of being involved in Altantuya’s death in his first statutory declaration (SD) in 2008, two years after the brutal killing of the 28-year-old woman.

But he retracted the SD the following day and signed a new one omitting the names of these personalities, which had been arranged by Deepak, a businessman with close government links.

Deepak has admitted that he helped to get Balasubramaniam to repudiate his first SD, including finding two lawyers to draft the new statement.

Balasubramaniam died of a heart attack earlier this month, weeks after returning home from self-exile.
Balasubramaniam’s lawyer, Americk, has also told the Malaysian Bar and reporters that a fellow lawyer, the prominent Tan Sri Cecil Abraham had admitted to him that he was the one who drew up the private investigator’s second SD.

The Bar Council has said they will file a complaint of professional misconduct against Abraham with the Advocates and Solicitors Disciplinary Board (ASDB).

Chinapress report on the Taman Istana issue.


Hindu Temples have been neglected far too long by the BN Government

Statement  by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat at Taman Mayang Sari, Kuala Kangsar on 30 thMarch 2013
 
Hindu Temples have been neglected far too long by the BN Government  
Yesterday, a meeting on the erosion issue affecting Nagamah temple was held.



 
Nagamah Kuil situated at Jalam Kenas now known as Taman Mayang Sari was built some over 100 years ago. At that time the majority of families  living around where the temple was built were Tamils.
 
Presently the Temple Chairman is one Kathiresan s/o Kanapathy who is 43 years old. He is local born and raised in this area.
 
The Temple is now in danger of collapse due to the river bank erosion. It needs remedial works and the Jabatan Pengaliran air (JPS) has proposed certain action to be done. 
 
Unfortunately the temple is not in a position financially to carry out  the remedial works as it is estimated to cost over RM 100 , 000.
 
Thus we have advices the committee to write to JPS to get them to do the remedial works.
 
Many Hindu temples are located near sewerage tanks( IWK), below trees, or near by main roads.
 
For example,  the Subraminar Temple in Ipoh which is the largest in Perak which attract over 300,000 people during the Thaipusam every year is situated next to a IWK sewerage tank. 
 
Another Hindu cave temple faces this IWK sewerage tank. The temples were there for over 100 years.
Are the authorities unaware of this?
 
 All these are due to the failure of the BN Government to provide land and incidental over the years. I said in my speech that this failure by the BN Government will be addressed by the PR Government.
 
The proposed Kuala Kangsar PAS Candidate who is now a ADUN YB Idam Lim was also present. He agreed to assist in what ever way to help the temple.
 
We need a long term policy on Hindu temples which is a critical matter which has to be looked into. Provision of ad hoc financial help itself will not resolve  the problem.   
 
Housing lots at Taman Mayang Sari
 
Over 40 local families have applied for the housing lots to be allocated by the BN Government. 
 
We are now told the first 10 lost have been allocated to people who are not residing in this area. The balance 30 lots will be allotted to people well connected with the BN political parties. In short many cronies may be allocated the lots. This abuse has to stop. 
 
Many of the 40 people who have applied are people like Temple Chairman  Kathiresan s/o Kanapathy who is an ordinary driver. The lower income group is being over looked.
 
We promise to look into this issue when PR  take over Perak and Putrajaya governments and we will report this matter to the MACC for appropriate action

Friday, March 29, 2013

No action so far against Zul Noordin ‘because he is Muslim’, says Hindu Sangam chief

No action so far against Zul Noordin ‘because he is Muslim’, says Hindu Sangam chief

UPDATED @ 06:03:53 PM 29-03-2013
By Emily Ding and Boo Su-Lyn
March 29, 2013
Malaysian Insider 
Hindu Sangam said today a video of Zulkifli (2nd right), making what the opposition has said are vicious attacks against Hinduism, had originally surfaced in 2011. — file picKUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — A umbrella body for Hindus said today that it had previously complained about apparent insults to Hindus made by independent lawmaker Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, but no action was taken “because he is a Muslim.”

Hindu Sangam said today a video of Zulkifli, making what the opposition has said are vicious attacks against Hinduism, had originally surfaced in 2011.

“At that point in time we already told the government, but they are reluctant to take action I think because he is Muslim and vice president of Perkasa,” Hindu Sangam president Datuk R S Mohan Shan told The Malaysian Insider today.

“He’s actually condemning the Hindu religion. We want the government to look into it again,” he said.
Zulkifli, who is also the Independent MP for Kulim-Bandar Baharu, is shown in the video delivering a religious lecture in which he questioned a Hindu trader on why Hindu gods did not prevent the latter’s shop from being flooded, and the purity of the Ganges River.

“I have been to Sungai Ganga before. How can you say it’s pure? There are chicken corpses and small sticks floating about,” Zulkifli was recorded as saying in a video titled “Zulkifli Noordin (PERKASA) menghina agama hindu” uploaded on YouTube yesterday.

Mohan said that branches of Hindu Sangam, other non-governmental organisations and Hindu temples had in 2011 lodged police reports against Zulkifli over the video and called for government action in a press statement, but had received no response.

“It went very quiet after a while,” he said.

In a press statement today, Hindu Sangam said: “Malaysia Hindu Sangam vehemently condemns Zulkifli Noordin for being a racial and religious bigot and strongly urges the Authorities to take immediate action against him under the Sedition Act 1948 (Revised 1969).”

Mohan also told The Malaysian Insider that Hindu Sangam would ask the government to remove the allegedly insulting video from YouTube.

PKR vice president N surendran has also called for Zulkifli to be taken to task for his actions, as reported by PAS organ Harakah Daily today

“We call upon the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General to immediately investigate and charge Zulkifli Noordin under section 298A,” added the lawyer, referring to Section 298A of the Penal Code that prohibits actions that cause disharmony, feelings of enmity and hatred.

The Cabinet interfaith committee said yesterday that it avoids publicly censuring individuals who spark religious tension so as to prevent giving them further publicity.

Zulkifli became an independent MP critical of the opposition when he was dismissed from PKR on March 6, 2010 over a police report he lodged against PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad.

Zulkifli had taken issue with Khalid’s statement describing a Selangor enactment prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” as “outdated”.

Attempts by The Malaysian Insider to contact Zulkifli have not been successful.

Second Objective of Battle of Gelang Patah – Target 19 of the 26 Parliamentary and 30 of the 56 State Assembly seats in Johore--Lim Kit Siang

Second Objective of Battle of Gelang Patah – Target 19 of the 26 Parliamentary and 30 of the 56 State Assembly seats in Johore--Lim Kit Siang


Yesterday, when visiting Taman Damai Jaya in Gelang Patah, I spoke about the meaning of the Battle of Gelang Patah.

I stressed that the Battle of Gelang Patah is not my personal battle on whether I can be re-elected to Parliament.

If this is the case, I should stay back in Ipoh Timor which I had won with a majority of over 21,000 votes in the 2008 general elections, instead of going for a very high-risk contest in Gelang Patah which was won by the MCA/BN candidate with a majority of over 8,000 votes in 2008 and a humoungous majority of 31,666 votes in 2004.

In Gelang Patah I could very well lose but I am prepared to take the risk.

This is because the Battle of Gelang Patah is not so much about the victory or defeat of an individual or the gains or losses of individual parties, but whether Johore can become a “kingmaker” in the 13GE to spark a political tsunami in the country from the south and cross the South China Sea to effect the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Rakyat.


The First Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah is in south Johore – to target the six Parliamentary and 13 State Assembly seats in south Johore to pave the way for Pakatan Rakyat to Putrajaya in the 13th General Elections.

Johor Baru has three parliamentary and six state assembly seats, namely Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang and Tebrau parliamentary seats and Stulang, Tanjong Puteri, Johore Jaya, Permas, Puteri Wangsa and Tiram State Assembly seats.

None of these Johor Baru parliamentary and state assembly seats had been won by the Opposition, which is against the national trend where parliamentary and/or state assembly seats in the capital of most of the states are strongholds of the Opposition, whether Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Selangor, Perak, Kedah, Penang, Kelantan, Terengganu or the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur where the Pakatan Rakyat swept 10 of the 11 parliamentary seats in 2008.

There are three other parliamentary seats and seven state assembly seats in the South Johore region, namely Gelang Patah, Kulai and Pulai with seven state assembly seats, namely Skudai, Nusajaya, Pengkalan Rinting, Kempas, Senai, Bukit Batu and Bukit Permai.

Objective One of the Battle of Gelang Patah is to win for Pakatan Rakyat the six Parliamentary and 13 State Assembly seats in South Johore, for if we cannot achieve this objective, the chances of Pakatan Rakyat winning the 13GE to form the new Federal Government would be a very slim one.

The Second Objective of the Battle of Gelang Patah is the challenge to Pakatan Rakyat on a state-wide basis in Johore in 13GE.

If we can create a political tsunami to set off from Johore, then Pakatan Rakyat should aim to target 19 Parliamentary seats and 30 State Assembly seats.

The 19 Parliamentary seats are the 12 first-tier constituencies of Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, Tebrau, Pulai, Gelang Patah, Kulai, Tanjong Piai, Kluang, Batu Pahat, Bakri, Labis and Segamat and the seven second-tier seats of Sekijang, Ledang, Muar, Ayer Hitam, Sri Gading, Simpang Rengam and Sembrong.

For the 30 State Assembly seats in Johor, the Battle of Gelang Patah should target the 23 first-tier seats of Stulang, Tanjong Puteri, Johor Jaya, Permas, Puteri Wangsa, Tiram, Pengkalan Rinting, Kempas, Skudai, Nusajaya, Senai, Bukit Batu, Bukit Permai, Pekan Nenas, Mengkibol, Penggaram, Bentayam, Sungai Abong, Bekok and Jementah. There are seven second-tier winnable seats, viz: Mahkota, Layang-Layang, Parit Yaani, Maharani, Gambir, Tenang and Pemanis.

The future not only of Johore but also Malaysia is in the hands of the voters of Johore in the 13GE.