The Chinese could play kingmaker role in Ijok

An Analysis by

Kong See Hoh

The Sun: April 24: 2007

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The situation in Ijok is touch and go at the moment for Barisan Nasional.

Estimates on the ground put the Malay support for Parti Keadilan Rakyat at more than 50% compared with only 30%-40% for BN. Unable to secure enough sure-votes from the Malay electorate in the face of heavy campaigning by Keadilan, BN is banking on the Chinese votes — which account for 20% of the total — to secure a victory in the weekend by-election.

According to an Oriental Daily News report yesterday, BN needs to garner at least 1,150 Chinese votes in order to retain the Ijok seat.

The support of Chinese voters is thus crucial for the BN candidate, K. Parthiban of the MIC.

The BN candidate is facing Keadilan’s Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in the by-election following the sudden death of assemblyman Datuk K. Sivalingam in India on April 4.

Thus, the 2,530 Chinese votes will decide the fate of the BN which has to cling on to the “still-stable” and tangible Chinese ballots.

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