It will be an election battle royale for both the state and parliament seats in Penang and though it will be uphill for BN to unseat the DAP in Penang, it is not impossible.
The DAP led by the Penang CM, Lim Guan Eng, cannot be overconfident that it will retain the state. Even though overconfidence is an attribute synonymous with being cocky and arrogant, a Lim Guan Eng trait, the DAP election machinery will surely not be having such sentiments.
Recall the circumstances Penang CM Lim became to be infamously known as Tokong Lim.
It is more important and pertinent to recall why the Penang chief minister had been labelled a deity and "Mansor, who is deputy chief minister I, said he was aware of the leak and expressed his disappointment that it has been published verbatim in an obscure blog."
In a leaked minutes which the PKR Penang Deputy CM Datuk Mansor is heard lamenting Lim Guan Eng was muscling in to secure more seats for DAP at the expense of PKR.
On whether the DAP has requested any seats from PKR, Mansor is quoted as saying he would not budge on that. He said PKR's Chinese candidates are seen as a "threat" to the DAP.It would be, to borrow a phrase, an unmitigated disaster for the DAP if it were to lose Penang - its base, bank and springboard for future Chinese votes in the other Chinese dominated urban areas throughout the country. Prime motivation for Lim Guan Eng to wrest seats from their own partner to consolidate an outright DAP rule in Penang.
He (Guan Eng) is very arrogant, I tell you... cocky and arrogant. It is not easy. Now more arrogant," Mansor says about the DAP secretary-general.
They (the DAP) are sure of winning 19 (seats) and they want more. Because with two more (seats) they can form their own government and they can take from us (PKR reps) to be on their side and (then) abandon us (PKR)".
The DAP does not really care for any other state, then and now, held by their opposition partners. The reason is simple, Selangor is PKR, Kedah and Kelantan is PAS and even Perak albeit briefly was a PAS led state government. Although exerting much influence, DAP does not have an outright rule in these state governments and DAP cannot be so sure results in the next GE will go the PR way.
DAP's hopes truly lies, pun intended, in Penang.
It does not make any sense in this instance, for the DAP in general and the Pakatan Rakyat in particular, as a stategy to form the next federal government, initiating a daunting task against a proven and more formidable Johore rather than extending gains in the other states like Selangor, Perak or even Negri Sembilan.
Knowing that penetrating Johore is far more difficult a task than BN retaking Penang, DAP is contriving a political psy-war to shift the BN's attention away from the island state to focus on the southern state.
Starting with that silly little man and MP for Bukit Bendera, Liew Chin Tong, coming out with his pathetic and "hopeful" calculations for opposition victory in Johore coupled with he Boo Cheng Hau and Jimmy Chua sideshow. Why create a situation that would have a serious and damaging effect in their quest for Putrajaya, if it were true ie?
For more evidence, why was it Liew Chin Tong the so called DAP election strategist who came out with amatuerish predictions when they do have the new DAP recruit, political analyst Ong Kian Ming, to provide more credible calculations? Clearly its all a sham.
A few more herrings were dropped along the way with speculation that the silly MP would be primed for Johore.
When the Liew Chin Tong and Boo Cheng Hau ruse, other than having a negative impact for the opposition pact, failed to raise the desired attention, it was time for a big gun to make the ploy - threat of an opposition political assault on Johore, more credible.
Enter the father of all big guns, the patriach of DAP himself, Lim Kit Siang.