Friday, March 30, 2018
Crowds don't translate to votes
Salleh Said Keruak
Liew Chin Tong of DAP said the crowd at Pakatan Harapan's ceramah in Kedah last night is proof of a Malay Tsunami in the upcoming general election. This is the problem with the opposition. They count their chickens before they hatch and they translate crowds during ceramah to votes.
In Sanggang in 2000, the opposition crowd was so huge and the traffic jam miles long that then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad commented about it. However, the PAS candidate lost the by-election to the Umno candidate.
The same happened in Indera Kayangan when 30,000 people turned up at the PKR ceramah and next door only 300 were at Menteri Besar Shahidan Kassim's event. But PKR's candidate lost to MCA.
More recently, Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar are two more examples. Since 1990 the opposition has been told that crowds do not translate to votes but they never listen. Maybe once GE14 is over and the votes are counted they may begin to understand.