Badrul Hisham Vs. Khairy Jamaluddin
Rembau has a population of approximately 55,000 people, where about 70% of them are Malays and 30% are Chinese and Indians. This constituency is not only a stronghold of the matrilineal system known as adat perpatih, but it is also a stronghold of Umno.
In the last general election, Firdaus Muhammad Rom Bin Harun of Umno obtained 28,664 votes, winning by a large majority of 18,656 defeating Dzulkefly Bin Ahmad of PAS who obtained 10,008 votes.
For this election, Keadilan's supreme council member Badrul Hisham Shaharin a.k.a Chegubard will compete with the Prime Minister's son-in-law and Unmo Youth Deputy Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin a.k.a KJ for the paliamentary seat of Rembau.
Whilst both are new candidates in Rembau, KJ has the advantage of the 3 Ms (Money, Media and Machinery) in addition to being a son of Rembau (through his father) and the son-in-law of the Prime Minister.
Love him or hate him, KJ is no Mickey Mouse candidate in this constituency. Lets be totally honest, it will difficult even for Anwar Ibrahim to defeat Khairy in Rembau. Despite Badrul Hisham being a popular blogger, famous for his fearless confrontation with the authorities (somewhat like Tian Chua), it will be extremely tough, if not impossible, for him to defeat Khairy here, UNLESS he gets some help from powerful Umno members who also intend to stop Khairy in his raise to power, and the Chinese and Indians all vote for the opposition. In the later scenerio, where the Malay votes split and the 30% Chinese and Indians votes go to Keadilan, Chegubard stands a chance to win.
Prediction - I put my bet on KJ winning with a larger majority, nevertheless.
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