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The election heat is on

  • With the election heat gathering in intensity and cyber wars already started, it is foreseeable that all kinds of wicked political assaults will be launched as the clock ticks closer to the polling day. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

Sin Chew Daily

The 14th general election is just around the corner, as parties on both sides of the divide are gearing up for the ultimate showdown. All this hints that the election war is about to kick off in a big way.

Pakatan Harapan has made the first move by announcing its election manifesto on March 8, pledging ten initiatives to be implemented within the first 100 days in office, including the abolition of GST and limiting the tenure of prime minister.

PAS also unveiled its manifesto ten days later, with GST abolition its foremost concern.

As for Barisan Nasional, it has fixed April 7 as the date to announce its manifesto. All that we know so far is that youth agenda will be among its main aspects.

Election manifestos aside, political parties are also expediting the mobilization of their candidates in a bid to take down their opponents. DAP, in particular, has been quite aggressive of late, announcing its plans to unseat MCA reps from their safe zones in Johor.

Johor DAP chief cum Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong will move over to Ayer Hitam for the ultimate clash with MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong.

In addition, DAP's Damansara Utama state assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin will also head south, while Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh is said to run for a parliamentary seat in Johor, too.

As for the ruling coalition, component parties such as MCA and Gerakan Rakyat have announced some of their candidates while BN chairman Najib said he would announce the names of candidates earlier to give them ample time to prepare for the battle ahead.

We are now waiting for the prime minister to officially declare the dissolution of the Parliament to kickstart the election war. Judging from the existing circumstances, Johor will remain one of the most intensely fought battlegrounds in the coming election.

Johor continues to be a frontline state in Pakatan Harapan's strategy, and key to claim Putrajaya. DAP is sending its strongest contenders to MCA's strongholds in the south, and PPBM is eyeing a lion's share of the state under the party's president Muhyiddin Yassin.

It is generally believed that GE14 will be held in late April or early May. With the election heat gathering in intensity and cyber wars already started, it is foreseeable that all kinds of wicked political assaults will be launched as the clock ticks closer to the polling day.

For a democratic country like Malaysia, fierce rivalry among political parties during elections is indeed a norm, but importantly all participating parties and their candidates must uphold the culture of healthy democracy and fight the battle like gentlemen without the dirty tricks.

 

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