Barisan Nasional Winnable Candidates

‘Barisan Nasional (BN) will not put an age limit on the candidates in the coming 13th  general election,  no matter how many terms he has been serving, as long as the candidate can win(calon boleh menang). ‘ Datuk Seri Najib declared recently.

At first impression it appears that  Datuk Seri Najib has come out with  fair and excellent   criteria in the selection of  candidates for the coming general elections. This contrasts with the approach that  Pak Lah adopted in last 12th General Election in which special focus was on change, including extensive changes in the candidates line up. The Najib approach may even appear to be similar to that adopted in the recent Sarawak State Election.

In Sarawak,  BN  generally  fielded  not more than  25% new faces to contest  in the  election to ensure continuity of party policy as well as to prevent  sabotage by any disgruntled  incumbent left out in  the election.

In spite of the above, the recent  Sarawak State Election was not free from sabotage, though in a limited way. For example a new  BN  candidate  almost  lost to PAS in one DUN area because of sabotage from the previous YB who was not selected to defend his seat.

A defective strategy was adopted by  Pak Lah  in the last general election. At the 12th General Election held in 2008, he replaced too  many incumbents  in favour of new faces. This  affected party untiy and resulted  in sabotages in many constituencies. For example, in the states which were lost to the opposition,  BN introduced 41%  new faces in  Perak  and 62% in the Kedah DUN elections. A similar situation occurred in  Selangor.

In the above cases, it all seemed  too obvious that  Pak Lah and his men were too eager to  eliminate Dr Mahathir’s influence in  BN,  but failed badly because of this erroneous strategy. In contrast, Tan Sri Taib in Sarawak  was more practical and avoided to antoganise the ex Prime Minister while at the same time still maintaining loyalty to the current Prime Minister.

It is really difficult to decipher Najib’s  real intention in overemphasizing the need for winnable candidates. It is hoped  that as a leader of  caliber, he will not repeat the mistakes of his predecessor and   looking for excuses to put up his men in places too rapidly. Moreover,  it is really difficult to find out whether a person is a winnable candidate before the election, unless he has been a popular incumbent at least in the last  two elections.  Other factors  like a person’s capability and popularity can be  too subjective   to assess, let alone in an environment full of interested parties lobbying for their  candidates.

In the run up to the 13th general election, the issue of winnable candidates may need a greater focus only because there are too many seats now occupied by the opposition, to be exact more than 1/3, most of which were BN seats before. These are the seats that BN need to pay more attention to win back through the so called winnable candidates.

Actually, I have made ​​an empirical analysis  shortly after the 12th general election in 2008 on this matter, making use of data from   Parliamentary Elections  2008 and 2004 and analyzed by multiple regression method. Findings from this study confirm that incumbency is a significant factor in  votes obtained by a candidate in the elections. On average, a fresh candidate for Parliament in Peninsular Malaysia brings in   zero votes  on his personal influence and  up to 1400 votes if he is an  an incumbent for four times.

This Finding is  important and should be very relevant in determining the candidates,  especially in hotly contested areas.


DAH Ikhwan

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2 Responses to Barisan Nasional Winnable Candidates

  1. KD WORDPIRATE says:


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    Dengan Izin

    PRU13, BN nak letak siapa jadi MB?
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    Sdra Fed Up
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    Setelah dikemaskinikan
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    bahallul itu memohonkan apa yang tak sepatutnya
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    UMNO wadah yang lebih baik
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    mahu bersyukur itu hak kamu
    UMNO menang PRU13 tanpa BN



    demografi undi 2008
    demografi undi 2008-2010

    I have made ​​an empirical analysis shortly after the 12th general election in 2008 on this matter, making use of data from Parliamentary Elections 2008 and 2004 and analyzed by multiple regression method

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    (Blog untuk ulasan dan analysis halehwal semasa yang objektif dan lengkap)

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    walau di heret dengan kaki
    atau rambutnya

    Tanpa Prejudis
    kalau nak padam biar sampai 2020
    cross the finish line

    tanpa prejudis
    no deal with pas

    pintu kami senantiasa terbuka
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  2. Dino Bravo says:

    I fully agreed that age is no barrier. There are even those above 70 who is still popular and healthy. Example of these are Mahathir, Musa Hitam, Lim Kin Yeik, Ramli Ngah Talib, Daim, etc who are still winnable. They are very popular and have contributed a lot to the community. Just see Tan Sri Isa winning the by-election with huge majority. Najib are also close to these people

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