Kit Siang: Rural and urban tsunamis needed in GE14

lim-kit-siang-ge14-1PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang says Pakatan Harapan (PH) must achieve not one, but two, political tsunamis in the coming general election (GE14) in order to effect political change in Putrajaya.

Referring to Prime Minister Najib Razak, who blamed his electoral setbacks in the 2013 general election on a “Chinese tsunami”, Lim said it would be more appropriate to label it an “urban tsunami” as those who had voted for change comprised urban voters from the Indian, Malay and Chinese urban communities.

The Gelang Patah MP said this “urban tsunami” must be matched by a “rural tsunami” in GE14 to change the occupants of Putrajaya and instal a new PH federal government.

“An urban tsunami without a rural tsunami will not effect political change in Putrajaya. A rural tsunami, without an urban tsunami, because of loss of hope and confidence in the ability of the electoral process to effect political change, would be equally fruitless and futile,” he said in a speech at the Raub PH Hari Raya Aidilfitri dialogue at Durian Sebatang yesterday.

According to Lim, the last four years had seen one bout of bad news after another for Malaysians, particularly the disintegration of the previous opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat, and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

However, with PH’s recent announcement regarding its structure, logo and leadership line-up, there was now new hope, he said.

“We can feel the beginnings of a new political awakening among the Malays in the rural areas and Felda settlements, which had hitherto been inaccessible to other political parties previously, whether DAP, PKR, Amanah or even PAS.”

He also credited PPBM and its chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad for breaking open the Malay hinterland, which he said had until now been “sealed and locked up” by Umno.