A “MALAYSIAN tsunami” will sweep Putrajaya in the next general election if Pakatan Harapan gets an additional 10% of Malay and 5% of non-Malay votes, DAP said.
Its parliamentary opposition leader, Lim Kit Siang, said the “10 and 5” formula would be enough for PH to win Perak, Negri Sembilan and Johor, in addition to Penang and Selangor, which were already PH-held states.
“Last week, I discussed the possibility of PH winning 113 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia with the help of a ‘Malaysian tsunami’, which will rid the country of Barisan Nasional’s 60-year rule and allow us to start on a clean slate under a new government.
“This ‘Malaysian tsunami’ will take place if 10% of Malays and 5% of non-Malays were to switch their votes from BN to PH,” the Gelang Patah MP said in Penang today.
Lim said voters needed to make a clear distinction between supporting PH and supporting PAS – PKR and DAP’s former ally that is on its way to forming another political bloc called Gagasan Sejahtera with other anti-PH parties.
He said even if PAS were to take away some votes from non-BN supporters, PH should be able to win most of the parliamentary seats in the peninsula.
“Under these circumstances, even with PAS playing the role of a spoiler, PH will not only win the majority of parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia, but also win control of the state governments in Perak, Negri Sembilan and Johor, in addition to retaining Penang and Selangor with even larger majorities compared with the 2013 general election.”
With new allies Amanah and Bersatu in PH replacing PAS – which had severed ties with DAP in 2015 and PKR in May – DAP predicts that the opposition coalition, which also comprises PKR, will win between 53% and 93% of seats in the above mentioned states.
Lim said Penang PH would take 93% of the state’s 40 seats, leaving BN with three, while Selangor PH would take 89% of the state’s 56 seats, leaving BN with six.
For Perak, which the former Pakatan Rakyat coalition of DAP, PKR and PAS won in the 2008 general election, but later lost in the 2009 constitutional crisis following the defection of three PR reps, DAP predicts that PH will take 39 seats (66%) of the state’s 59.
In Johor, DAP sees the possibility of PH winning 36 seats (65%) of the state’s 56, while in Negri Sembilan, it sees the likelihood of winning 19 (53%) of the state’s 36 seats.
PAS would be left with 10% of Malay votes and a negligible percentage of non-Malay votes under the “Malaysian tsunami” scenario, Lim said.
He said if PH could gain control of the governments in the most economically dynamic states in the peninsula and also form the federal government, it would pave the way for a genuine economic and political transformation in Malaysia.
“The Penang and Selangor governments have led the way over the past nine years in introducing reforms at various levels and showing what good governance means in practice.
“With the addition of at least three more state governments, it will not be long before voters in other states see the obvious differences between a PH government and a BN government.”
In the run-up to the coming polls, PH is milking the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and telling voters nationwide that it is the reason for the rising cost of living, implementation of the goods and services tax, and budget cuts in public education and healthcare.
Earlier, Penang DAP vice-chairman Zairil Khir Johari announced two upcoming 1MDB ceramah in the state – its sixth and seventh since the PH nationwide roadshow targeting a rural Malay audience began last month.
On Friday, the ceramah will be held at 9pm in Tanah Lapang Kota Giam in Jalan Kota Giam, behind the Jelutong Public Bank.
The speakers will be DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua, Amanah vice-president Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi of DAP, Sungai Pinang assemblyman Lim Swee Khim of DAP, state PKR communications chief Ahmad Farid Md Arshad and state Bersatu committee member Mohamad Kamal Fairos Mohamad Ibrahim.
The next ceramah will be held on the following day at the same time at Dewan Muhibah Merbau Kudung, next to Masjid al-Marbawi, in Sungai Dua, Tasek Gelugor, on the mainland.
Apart from Pua, now dubbed PH’s 1MDB expert, the other speakers will be PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, state Bersatu deputy chairman and former Tasek Gelugor MP Shariff Omar, Amanah Youth chief Mohd Sani Hamzan and former air force major Zaidi Ahmad, who is the chief minister’s information officer.
Ooi said the ceramah was a crucial platform to inform the public about the 1MDB scandal, which had become an international problem.
He said the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice were probing the scandal as a criminal investigation.
“It is a tactic to ensure the probe is not exposed. Things have reached a point where US authorities cannot make disclosures for fear of disruption of evidence, flight of potential targets, and the identification and intimidation of potential witnesses.
“Considering what happened at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum in Shah Alam on Sunday, which can be seen as a tactic to silence whistleblowers and people asking about 1MDB and exposing the scandal’s impact on the nation, the Najib Razak regime must be desperate.”
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