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DAP will win big in next polls, says Khir

 | January 4, 2013

The former MB claims that DAP will become the dominant party in Pakatan Rakyat while PAS has lost the support of the Malays.

PETALING JAYA: DAP will win big in the coming general election and become the dominant party in Pakatan Rakyat, according to former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

“This is because the entire Chinese voter base is backing DAP. But I cannot tell you how many seats the party will win because I don’t know how many seats it is contesting.

“But DAP will win more seats compared to the 2008 general election,” he told FMT.

In the 2008 polls, the Chinese-predominated party clinched 28 Parliament seats and 71 state seats nationwide. DAP also leads the Pakatan government in Penang.

Meanwhile, Khir claimed that the controversy surrounding the use of the word Allah in Malay language bibles and the “amanat Haji Hadi” issue would convince the Malays to vote for Umno.

“Because for the Malays, religion takes precedence over politics,” he said.

Although PAS had opposed the use of the term Allah by non-Muslims, Pakatan however had yet to make an official stand on the matter. The coalition would be meeting next week to discuss the issue.

The “amanat Haji Hadi” referred to the message of PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, in which he had among others, branded Umno members and supporters as infidels.

Khir said with the Malay voters throwing their weight behind Umno, it would be difficult for PAS to defend its eight state seats in Selangor.

On that note, the former menteri besar also claimed that Barisan Nasional had a fifty-fifty chance of recapturing Selangor in the next polls.

“The non-Malay voters are still not supporting BN. [Prime Minister] Najib Tun Razak has yet to win over the support of this group. As for the Malay voters, there is no problem because they have returned to Umno’s fold,” he added.

Najib, who is also the chairman of Selangor BN, had always stressed on the importance of re-taking the resource rich state which fell to the opposition in the last polls.

Yesterday, Selangor BN deputy chairman Noh Omar expressed confidence of a BN victory, saying that the coalition would win 30 state seats.

The water woes in Selangor, he said, was one of the reasons that the voters were now backing BN.


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