In Rompin, Turnout dropped from the 2013’s 85.0% to 74%.
Perhaps the Chinese vote is just an indication of the pragmatic approach of the average Chinese mindsets of what best serves their interests.
Not based on passionate loyalty rooted in idealogy.. A kind of what BN vs PK candidate means to their own immediate short term interests as constituents..
Short term gains-as pragmatic as it can get- but it may not mean that they will stay loyal to their chosen candidate from BN/UMNO.
Come GE 14, these voters can just as easily swing back to PK if they think it ll help effect any change in the Governing status quo that is seen to be holding their enterprising achievements ,with no help from the government – as ransom.
UMNO Ministers issuing boycott threats specifically pointing out the ethnic Chinese community, NGOs promoting hate mongering.etc etc.
And most damning and resentful of all has to be , the deafening silence from the Government , and when there is a response, it is as if the behaviours are condoned or endorsed..
Until BN particularly UMNO realizes that the Chinese can be an appreciative lot , but gives loyalty only when deserved or as gratitude repayment-remember 1999 when TDM lost a big chunk of the Malay electorate coz of a black eye incident and still retain 2 thirds because of what is arguably seen as a gratitude endorsement from the Chinese votes –many avoided financial upheaval ,and credited it to TDM—and they showed their appreciation in their voting.
Promises means nothing to the average Chinese mindsets ,not taken seriously ,unless there is a built up of trust over years of dealings.
“Action first talk later” is a very Chinese approach to many things.
But at the rate UMNO/BN are going –playing up race/religion/ allowing ferocious or aggressive defending of the ethnic entitlement and racial supremacy with threats verging on murderous violence.
All these troubles the Chinese electorate’s peace of mind and sense of security in the lack of consistency or assurances from the government.
Chinese can put up with a lot of nonsense , but when the proverbial “Chinese Rice Bowl” is threatened- perceived or otherwise-they react defensively en-bloc to stave off the threat.
So they will easily and instinctively revert to supporting PK. Chinese like to gamble- And like gambling with their vote, stakes are winning a sense of (not equality) but a sense of fairness / stability/ an environment where they have a better chance of advancing without perceived obstructions-not feel threatened as a minority.
The negative perceptions which the UMNO led coalition is doing a damned good job of promoting.
LGE/DAP knew that – and used it effectively during GE13 campaign in Penang.