GEORGE TOWN: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Pakatan Harapan has done an excellent job at the two by-elections held in Selangor recently, following reports that the opposition had done better.
Responding to claims by MCA that it had “won big” at the Balakong by-election despite its defeat, Lim said PH candidates did well despite the low voter turnout.
Lim said in Balakong, PH garnered 85% of the vote this time around compared to 77% it got in the May 9 general election.
Lim said in Seri Setia, the opposition’s vote reduced from 23% to 15%. He said both the numbers were impressive as it was a one-to-one fight compared to multi-cornered fights in the May 9 polls.
He said the reason PH retained their seats was because of the voters’ rejection of extremism and narrow-minded racial politics.
Lim said beyond that, the voters also did not want scandals to be covered up but they should instead be exposed so that Malaysia could be rid of graft which had tainted its image.
“We do not want scandals to be closed, we want these scandals to be exposed so that we can clean Malaysia from corruption scandals and free Malaysia from a dubious global kleptocracy moniker,” he said here today.
He said the Selangors voters also supported PH again this time due to their support for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Selangor Menteri Besar Amiruddin Shaari.
However, Lim said he was disappointed with the coverage given by the mainstream press which he claimed continued to be slanted in favour of their political owners.
Without naming names, he said certain English and Chinese dailies had snubbed Pakatan Harapan stories in favour of Barisan Nasional or opposition candidates.
Lim admitted that it was a reality that PH had to face but expressed disappointment that in the new Malaysia, the mass media continued to be “one-sided”.
“Thankfully, people still believe in PH, they do not believe media outlets that are controlled by the opposition.”
On Sept 8, Pakatan Harapan won both the Balakong and Seri Setia state seats.
In Balakong, DAP’s Wong Siew Ki got 22,508 votes, defeating her opponent from MCA, Tan Chee Teong who got 3,975 votes.
PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar, got 13,725 votes, defeating PAS’ Dr Halimah Ali who got 9,698, a majority of 4,027 votes.
Dr Halimah was reported as saying that PAS did 100% better in the number of votes compared to the May 9 general election where the party had 4,563 votes and lost its deposit.