Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seminar PRU Ke-13, Siapa Jadi Pilihan?, 17 Januari 2013

Seminar PRU Ke-13, Siapa Jadi Pilihan?; anjuran Majlis Profesor Negara, UUM dan Berita Harian, Hotel Seri Pacific, Kuala Lumpur, 17 Januari 2013


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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'Penganalisis Politik Menjangkakan PRU13 Pada Mac', Sinar Harian, 22 Januari 2013

'Bukan Pendekatan Paling Stabil', Utusan Malaysia, 11 Januari 2013

'Mampu Menang', Berita Harian, 18 Januari 2013

'PAS Fears Losing Support', New Straits Times, 17 January 2013

'Kegagalan Pakatan Buka Peluang BN Rampas Selangor', Utusan Malaysia, 15 Januari 2013

'No Basis To Issue Threats', New Straits Times, 14 January 2013

'Himpunan KL112 Catat Sejarah', Sinar Harian, 14 Januari 2013

'Najib Has The Edge Over Anwar', Free Malaysia Today, 11 January 2013

‘Najib has the edge over Anwar’ Athi Shankar | January 11, 2013
Academician Sivamurugan Pandian believes the Najib factor will prevail and pull BN over the finishing line in the next general election. GEORGE TOWN: For the first time in Malaysian political history, Barisan Nasional will face the most serious challenge to its 55-year-old political supremacy. But political analyst Sivamurugan Pandian believes the Najib factor would eventually prevail and pull BN over the finishing line in the next general election. He, however, was unsure if the Najib factor can help BN regain its two-thirds parliamentary majority. Since taking over from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2009 as the prime minister, he said Najib Tun Razak had managed to come out from the Umno’s racial political sphere to become a Malaysian leader for all. He pointed out that Najib had enhanced his reputation via his walkabouts to reach out to various communities and young voters on his own. He said Najib was now perceived to be addressing problems faced by various communities on his own, rather than depending on third party, or BN coalition partners. He said Najib’s direct approach and personal touch had convinced the grassroots, including young Malaysians, that the prime minister has come of age. “He has managed to erase initial scepticism on his leadership capabilities. “It’s not an overstatement to say Najib has transformed himself from being seen as a Malay leader to a Malaysian leader,” said Sivamurugan, a lecturer at the School of Social Sciences in Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Anwar’s political strength He also complimented Najib’s political rival and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for elevating himself to be a Malaysian, rather than a Malay, leader. He said one cannot deny that Anwar’s political strength was instrumental in the emergence of Pakatan Rakyat as an alternate government-in-waiting in the national political landscape. “Anwar, apart from Hindraf, was a major factor behind the unprecedented results in the 2008 general election. “He is a major factor keeping Pakatan together,” said the academician. Sivamurugan has no doubt that the Najib versus Anwar factor would be decisive in the forthcoming election. Although both have good oratory skills and strong support, he believes that the prime minister has an edge in the race, and this is not just because he was helming the BN federal government. “Comparatively, Najib had delivered better than Anwar,” claimed the academician. He said Najib had enthusiastically driven through his transformation plans and managed to unite and enhance cooperation among BN component parties. He said Najib had managed to standardise the administrative operations of all BN-led state governments and delivered successive people-oriented budgets to allay public fear on bread and butter issues. “Malaysians wake up each morning without having to worry about their daily meals and shelter,” said the lecturer. Najib’s reforms Najib, he said, was also perceived promoting moderate and tolerant religious policies. He pointed out that the premier had abolished draconian laws such the Internal Security Act, Emergency Ordinance and emergency declarations. He said Najib had also relaxed the law on students’ political activism and freedom of peaceful assembly. He praised the premier for initiating an unprecedented bold step of heeding public demands on liberalism even though many in Umno opposed his reform policies. “Najib will be remembered in history as the prime minister who repealed ISA and other draconian laws. “Whether you like him or not, Najib has delivered,” said Sivamurugan. In contrast, he said Anwar failed to deliver on his Sept 16, 2008 promise to take over the federal government and failed to implement Pakatan’s common policy framework – Buku Jingga – in any of the coalition-led state governments. He said one can notice the vast differences in Pakatan state governments’ operations and policies in Kelantan, Kedah, Penang and Selangor. He also chided Anwar for playing a “populist game” on the Islamic state issue propagated by PAS but opposed vehemently by the DAP. Until today, he said Anwar had failed to resolve the contentious issue amicably. “Apart from their Putrajaya agenda, Pakatan allies have nothing much in common. This gives an edge to Najib and BN,” noted Sivamurugan.

'Tense Fight For Lembah Pantai', New Straits Times, 11 January 2013

'PAS Credibility At Stake Over Hadi's Amanat Denial', New Straits Times, 7 January 2013

'Penjadualan Semula Untuk Raih Sokongan Melayu', Berita Harian, 5 Januari 2013

Berita Harian, 5 Januari 2013

Friday, January 04, 2013

'FPS not enough to win Penang', Free Malaysia Today, 4 January 2013

FPS not enough to win Penang

Athi Shankar
| January 4, 2013
Restoring the free port status may go down well with the business community but it will have no impact on the lower and middle income groups.
GEORGE TOWN: Restoring Penang’s free port status (FPS) will be a strategic move by Barisan Nasional to win more votes in the coming general election, said an academician here today.
But it might not be enough to recapture the state because it would not be a vote-catcher among the state’s lower-middle income group, according to Assoc Prof Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
The academician said BN could woo votes from the dominant Chinese business community if the federal government restored Penang’s FPS, which was revoked in 1969.
However, he noted that since FPS would benefit only certain segments of society, it might fall short of capturing the imagination of the lower and middle wage earners, who made up a large portion of the state’s voters.
“These wage earners’ demands and needs are different than that of the business community,” he told FMT.
Although restoring FPS would be a smart move, he suggested that BN had to implement different strategies to woo the wage earning voters, especially Malays and Indians.
Among the lower-middle income group issues that BN should address, he said, were affordable housing, public transportation, employment, especially in the civil service, and small business opportunities.
He said BN could win over lower-middle income Penangites if the coalition could assure establishing a legal mechanism to control inflating land and housing prices in the state.
Since 2008, he said land and housing prices in Penang had rocketed beyond the reach of ordinary local residents.
“Only the rich, including foreigners, can afford to buy land and houses in Penang, especially on the island. It’s a serious violation of the natural birth rights of the locals.
“But the Pakatan Rakyat state government has failed to address this issue,” he added.
Sivamurugan said BN should unveil its strategies to increase foreign direct investments (FDIs) in the manufacturing sector, the state’s number one revenue earner.
He said BN should also reveal the steps it would take to boost the tourism industry if it regained Penang.
If BN could focus on all these issues in its state election manifesto, Sivamurugan said the coalition had a good chance of winning over wage-earning voters.
He said neither BN nor Pakatan could ignore the importance of these lower-middle income voters as they proved to be crucial in the last general election.
“They played a pivotal role in swinging the tide from BN to Pakatan in Penang in 2008,” he added.

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