PETALING JAYA: Malays will not lose their political power in the country as the race is already extremely dominant in terms of population ratio and voter base, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said today.
He said no matter what the outcome of the 14th general election (GE14), the Malays will continue to exercise control due to entrenched demographic realities.
“Whatever happens in GE14, whether Najib (Razak) is toppled as prime minister or Umno loses the federal government, the Malays in Malaysia will continue to exercise political power in the country as there is no way they will lose their political power,” he said in a statement.
Lim said the population make-up, as recorded in 2010, had the percentage of Malays increasing to 55.07%, with the number of Chinese reduced to 24.34% and Indians reduced to 7.35%.
The non-Malay Bumiputera population was maintained at 11.94% with other races making up 1.3%, he added.
“During the 13th general election (in May 2013), 52.63% of the voters were Malays, 29.68% Chinese, 7.31% Indians, 8.96% non-Malay Bumiputeras and 1.43% others.”
He said Malays also exerted enormous influence in having the most ethnic-majority seats.
“Out of the 165 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia, 114 (or 70%) are Malay-majority seats, 22 Chinese-majority seats (13%) and 29 mixed seats.
There is not a single Indian-majority seat.”
The Gelang Patah MP said BN leaders and strategists expect Umno, MCA, Gerakan and MIC to lose more seats in GE14, which is due next year.
Lim said this was why they were “cranking up” a campaign of lies, hate and fear that if Umno loses, Malays will lose political power.
He said over the past four months, mainstream media aligned to BN had become “lies-papers” as part of the campaign to demonise Pakatan Harapan leaders and himself.
He said he had been described as, among other things, anti-Malay, anti-Islam, the cause of the May 13 1969 riots, and dominating over leaders in PKR, Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM),
Lim said this was an indication of the fear and panic that BN leaders and strategists had about losing GE14.
“The election is not a battle of Umno versus DAP,” he added.
“It will be a battle between BN, led by Umno, and the Pakatan Harapan coalition to save Malaysia from a kleptocracy.”
He added that DAP is not anti-Malay or anti-Islam. It is also not a Chinese party as, right from its formation 50 years ago, the party has been committed to serving all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, he said.
Lim said the election will be a test of whether voters will support BN or whether the information age has changed the political and electoral equation by creating greater awareness among voters, including in the semi-urban and rural areas, to vote for “a democratic Malaysia”.