So's where the Chinese Tsunami? They only constitute 24% of the total vote. 64% Malay, 9% Indian and 3% others. Even if all the 24% voted for PAS, they cannot win without the support of the Malays. Where did the remaining 28% come from? Thin air?

Chinese voters who voted against Saifuddin in Temerloh later regretted it, study finds


BY V. ANBALAGAN
JULY 24, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: JULY 24, 2013 10:17 PM

Former Higher Education Deputy Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah (pic) lost his Temerloh parliamentary candidate due to massive swing from Chinese voters who were persuaded by their children to go for change.
Universiti Malaya Centre of Democracy and Election (UMcedel) director Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said the Chinese thought that Pakatan Rakyat would capture Putrajaya.
"The voters were convinced of the Ubah slogan and that is why they voted for the PAS candidate.



"One of them said we have to follow what our children ask us to do," he told a news conference to reveal the outcome of a UMcedel focus study in that constituency.
He said the seat was relatively safe for Barisan Nasional (BN) as it also consisted of two Felda settlements and an army camp.
"Saifuddin could not have lost because of his stature," he added.
However, he said, many regretted not voting for Saifuddin after BN was returned to power.
Saifuddin polled 27,197 while PAS candidate Nasaruddin Hassan Tantawi garnered 28,267.
He said young voters, some from outstation, returned to cast their ballots for Nasaruddin, who won with a 1,070-vote majority.
The opposition also won two of the three state seats in the parliamentary constituency.
A total of 850 respondents were interviewed over three days from May 31 for the study.
Redzuan said Temerloh was selected as it was a multi-racial seat with 64 per cent Malays, Chinese (24 %) Indians ( 9 %) and others ( 3%).
Redzuan said interviews also revealed that public acceptance of Saifuddin, an Umno Supreme Council member, was about 60 per cent and many did not know the PAS candidate.
"They also did not support Saifuddin because of his party, Umno," Redzuan said.
In an immediate response Saifuddin, who was present at the seminar, said about 7,000 outstation voters returned to cast their ballots and this contributed to his defeat.
"The study is extensive and I accept the finding as it is," he told reporters.
He said he also spoke to Chinese local grassroots and civil society leaders to better understand the unprecedented swing.
"I have concluded it is four Cs - corruption, cronysism, crime and cost of living that contributed to my defeat ," he said.
He said the BN would have to map out strategies to reach out the Chinese and this would be discussed at the coalition's workshop to be held soon.
"The Chinese are not demanding but they are just asking for good governance. If we get it right, then there is no problem to regain support from the community," he said.
He felt that there must be a single and strong multi-racial party in the BN and there must be a provision to allow direct membership into the coalition.
Saifuddin said the current political culture from politics of race and religion must also change. - July 24, 2013.