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Mr. Anwar plays the WEST RIAU cluster gambit.
It appears that the Hai San, Hap Seng faction battle in MCA has benefited Mr. Anwar and his PAKATAN RAKYAT alliance.|
He is appearing to lure MR. Chua Soi Lek, the Deputy President, member of the the so called team A (an alliance of Fujien, Fuzhou members of the MCA-KMT like political organization). The West Riau cluster has about 15 parliamentary districts with large Hai San faction population, mostly an industrial-assembly sector. This sector, like the Northwest cluster but is technologically behind Penang. It dependent on CHEAP LABOUR, especially imported Java, Bangladesh, Vietnam workers in sectors as diverse as garment sewing, furniture assembling, food preparation (cookies and biscuits especially), auto parts sub assemblies, labour intensive electronic assemblies.
This is a new factor in the Malayan scene, not attempted before.
The current battle between Mr. Najib's Barisan Natiional and Mr. Anwar Pakatan Rakyat has been intense with Mr. Najib repproachment with the Hap Seng Faction while working hand in glove with the Hai San's factional members who have large gaming operations to recover the Northwest Cluster. There is a Catholic faction in Borneo, mostly Kadazan and Iban faction who thus far has shown pacification in lieu of large increases in representation in the Federal Cabinet.
So, the BALANCING GAME continues....
and we in Malaya gets to watch intensely exciting and potentially beneficial to the entire federation.
On the Singapore side, they are now finding that investment based on what we have discussed is bring benefits to Singapore as demand from traditiional European Union and USA is falling by as much as 30% for it's niche products. New Indigenous engineering industry especially the sewage/energy/recycled water, the 2 new casino, new high end housing, the new targets in coal mining, regional crude oil exploration is bringing in business in the increasing tough enviroment. The MEGA city buildings is bring some ground excitement to Singapore.
On the people care side, food kitchen, employment for local over foreign labour policies, maybe it would help to have grants to waive utilities, delay repayment of principal to mortgage would help Singaporeans trapped by the current retrenchments due to the credit squeeze in USA, Europe, the auto company problems and now the H1N1 flu pandemic alerts.