Umno is still strong, DAP warns PH

Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow (centre), flanked by Lim Guan Eng (right) and Jelutong MP RSN Rayer, and other senior DAP leaders, gives the thumbs-up after the opening of the Jelutong parliamentary service centre in George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: Pakatan Harapan (PH) should not take things for granted now that the coalition is in power, said DAP vice-chairman Chow Kon Yeow today.

The Penang chief minister said the series of defections in Barisan Nasional (BN) following its defeat in the May 9 polls had only strenghtened Umno’s position.

“Don’t forget that Umno has more than 50 MP seats in the peninsula alone and maybe some more in Sabah.

“Even though DAP and PKR have won more than 40 seats each, if we go by past opposition numbers, the reality is the numbers are fewer than Umno.

“Umno may be the opposition now, but they are strong,” Chow said at the launch of the Jelutong parliamentary service centre here today.

Among DAP leaders present were former chief minister Lim Guan Eng and Jelutong MP RSN Rayer.

He said several statements by Umno leaders predicting PH’s downfall should serve as a reminder for government leaders to work hard.

Referring to statements by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and secretary-general Annuar Musa, he said they were sounding the death knell for the ruling coalition although it has only been in power for less than three months.

He said their remarks showed a loser’s mindset struggling to come to terms with PH’s victory, but said such statements should encourage PH to work harder.

“These statements should spur us to be with the people, to continue formulating policies for the people and win their support so that we can show them, as how we did in Penang.

“We will not be just a one-term government at the federal level,” he said.

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