Friday, May 03, 2013

Preserving the "Johor Way"

After 18 years as the Menteri Besar of Johor, Ghani Othman is fighting his biggest political test, not so much against Lim Kit Siang, who's been labelled by no less than the statesman Mahathir Mohamad as a racist, but against the attempt to deconstruct "the Johor Way".

Today, in a newspaper advertisement, Ghani sends a powerful message in his usual mild manner.

"They use hostile words to stir the emotions of Chinese voters to demonstrate their dissatisfaction towards the government ... I am deeply worried that the moderate Johor Way will be crushed completely by cunning political manipulation.

"The election will end soon. But harmony must be preserved forever. Moderation, which underpins the Johor Way, is what I learned from Chinese culture. Now I am facing a competitor who is reaching out to the Chinese using "anti-moderation" tactics which he is very good at. How ironic this is -because such strategy goes against all that is good and honourable in Chinese philosophy and culture."

The quintessential Johorean signs offas"Your old friend, Abdul Ghani Othman".

The Chinese voters make up 54% of Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, which sees Ghani taking on marauding DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang.


  1. Anonymous8:59 am

    Let's fast forward to this Sunday election's night. BN will win the majority of seats being contested. Two-third majority installed back. Gen X and Y candidates in BN proved to be popular among the electorates.

  2. Anonymous9:55 am

    The sad thing about gani is that he doesnt speak mandarine.Tough fight indeed.AllaH is testing ghani patience.


  3. This must be only be an illusion of yours ! But never mind you are entitled to your own opinion and illusion. Just make sure this post is still around after the election !

  4. bourne identity9:28 am

    Lim spent 1 week in Gelang Patah while Ghani lived and worked very hard to make and turn Johor to what it is now.
    With a majority of chinese voters in Gelang Patah - what do you expect from a chinese when a chinese goes against a non-chinese?
    CONFIRMED.....the chinese just thinks of their own and nothing else.
    and yet complains a lot and complains again and again!