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Voters no longer bound by BN’s chains

 | September 14, 2012

According to a DAP leader, the voters are prepared to give the mandate to Pakatan Rakyat in the next general election.

TAIPING: Malaysian voters are no longer chained by blind loyalty to Barisan Nasional but are prepared for the wind of change for Pakatan Rakyat to take control of Putrajaya in the coming general election, claims DAP.

DAP national labour bureau chief A Sivanesan said: “The 2008 political tsunami has changed the mindset of Malaysians that has been so long entrapped by BN’s political propaganda influence.”

“Now 80% of the Chinese electorate and 60% of the Indian voters are ready to support Pakatan on the road to Putrajaya,” he claimed.

He said PAS was eating into BN’s traditional Malay voters’ support and gaining strength for the 13th general election.

“The Chinese community initially has not gone on a confrontational political approach but instead chose to curse in silence,” he told FMT today.

He said now, however, the Chinese community has come forward to openly criticise BN’s undemocratic style of administration as it is a political do or die battle for its future generations.

The vocal DAP leader pointed out that the Chinese previously had to literally beg for their democratic rights but it seemed to be an exercise in vain.

He ticked off BN for considering the Indian voters as a fixed deposit of the ruling party but had done nothing to improve the social-economic standing of this marginalised community.

Divide-and-rule policy

He said the BN had been only able to brainwash about 40% of the rural Indian community with short-term gains of cash and handouts.

“BN is aware that the Indians do not form any majority in any constituency and do not pose a threat to its continuous rule but instead prefer to use them as a safe deposit just to satisfy Umno’s political ego,” he added.

However, he said the remaining 60% of Indian voters who are either semi-urban or urban who want to ensure the welfare of the future generations were ready to vote for Pakatan.

Sivanesan said in trying to please the community, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was trying to be too Indian by wearing Indian clothes and attending festive functions in temples including Batu Caves.

He also accused Najib of splitting the Indian community by subdividing them into Malayalees, Telugus, Singhalese and Sikhs and giving separate allocations.

He said the continued BN policy of divide and rule was to ensure that there was no unity among Malaysians to challenge the autocratic rule of BN.

However, he said that Malaysians had woken up.


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