Recent polls show that BN have a firm 18 out of the 40 state seats with 5 seats of BN and Pakatan having a 50:50 chance. (Graphic by:Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
Despite claims to the contrary, the 12th general election in 2008 proved that democracy was very much alive in Malaysia. BN lost Penang to the opposition for the second time in Malaysia's history.
It was on the grounds of the Han Chiang High School that DAP held one of its biggest ever rally prior to the election. For Penang, the Han Jiang is the mount on which politicians deliver their sermons.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak spent two days in Penang, on the first and second day of Chinese New Year. The 1Malaysia Penang CNY Open House at the Han Jiang grounds signified the increased strength of BN, as the influential individuals behind Hang Jiang are now swinging back their support towards BN after four years of DAP rule.
To add salt to DAP’s wound, South Korean pop sensation PSY performed at the event, much to the chagrin of Lim Guan Eng’s DAP who has used the star’s groundbreaking hit Oppa Gangnam Style as a parody to mock BN. Credit should be given to the new dynamic creed of Penang BN politicians under the helm of its chief, Teng Chang Yeow.
It goes without saying that most Penangites have had enough of Lim Guan Eng. The people of Penang are beginning to see that Guan Eng is just a smooth talker lacking long-term vision and planning.
What has Penang achieved after four years of Guan Eng and Pakatan rule? Massive traffic jams, escalating property prices and deficit budget for three years in a row.
The 1Malaysia Penang CNY Open House has a confirmed 60,000 guests, but it was a bigger turnout of which the majority of the guests are Chinese, as Penangites begin to lose patience for Guan Eng and his dictatorial ways, coupled with the constant squabble the party faces with PAS recently.
This BN event is the largest Chinese rally in Penang and has the potential to be the catalyst and game changer for Barisan Nasional ahead of the 13th general election.
Recent polls show that BN have a firm 18 out of the 40 state seats with 5 seats of BN and Pakatan having a 50:50 chance, therefore the Pearl of the Orient is up for grabs which may signal the wind of change on turnout and Han Jiang's shift in position.
The huge turnout at the event especially the younger voters signified the new wind of change for PM Najib and the appeal of the 1Malaysia brand among the people of Penang.