KUALA LUMPUR: Suspended Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang sees the Opposition being lucky the third time in Perak after having been unlucky in the state twice so far in recent years. “The people of Perak have been denied twice to have a state government of their choice.”
The first time, he added, was in February 2009 when under the conspiracy of then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the Perak Government under Nizar Jamaluddin was toppled by illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional means to enable Umno/Barisan Nasional (BN) to take over.
The second time was in the 2013 General Election, when Pakatan Rakyat won 55 per cent of the electoral votes in Perak but was denied return to head the state government because of an unfair and undemocratic electoral system. “It allowed the Perak Umno/BN to continue as a minority government with 45 per cent of the popular vote, but winning 31 of the state assembly seats as compared to 28 seats for Pakatan Rakyat.”
Umno/BN candidates won four seats with less than 500-vote majority, namely Lubok Mebau (53 votes), Manjoi (132), Manong (231) and Pasir Panjang (304) and another four seats with less than a 1,000-vote majority, recalled Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader. “Pakatan Harapan must immediately plan to win back the Perak Government and to ensure that the people of Perak are not denied a third time to have a government of the choice of the majority of voters.”
However, conceded Lim, the battle for political change in the 2018 GE will not be easy or a smooth one. “The Najib strategists are doing their utmost to present the 14th General Election as a battle for the survival of Malays and Islam, equating the survival of Najib Abdul Razak as Prime Minister with the survival of Malays and Islam in Malaysia.”
The challenge for Pakatan Harapan in Perak and in Malaysia was how to debunk these lies and falsehoods, and the politics of fear and hatred, of Najib and his political propagandists.
The 14th General Election which is likely to be held in two-and-a-half years in 2018 will be a watershed in Malaysian electoral history, continued Lim. “It will determine whether Pakatan Harapan can recapture the Perak Government and even go one step further, to win the Federal Government in Putrajaya.”
Malaysians who had rooted for political change in GE13 went into the deepest and darkest despair at the demise of Pakatan Rakyat, lamented the DAP veteran. “They saw the hopes of political change being destroyed completely at a time when the Umno/BN government has proved to be such a national liability and disaster.”
The formation of Parti Amanah Negara and establishment of Pakatan Harapan comprising DAP, PKR and AMANAH have however saved the political situation, said Lim. “It fills the political vacuum and void caused by despair and seeming hopelessness for political change, with the country inundated by so many political, economic, good governance and nation-building scandals under the Najib premiership.”