Kit Siang: Unleash political storm in the south

by Lee Way Loon
11:12AM Mar 19, 2013

Leaders holding hands saluting Johor crowd

Some predict a handsome win for Pakatan Rakyat in the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat when the general election is held, but its candidate does not expect the battle to be easy.

Anwar and Lim Kit Siang Nevertheless, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is willing to take the risk, in order to “set off a political storm” in south Malaysia and in Sabah and Sarawak as well.

Lim coined the term “political tsunami” to describe Pakatan’s gains in the last election in March 2008.

“This is a historic chance to decide whether there will be a regime change. We need to set off a political storm in Johor, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan,” he told a press conference in Skudai, Johor, last night after he was named as the Pakatan candidate for Gelang Patah by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

Malaysiakini infographic on Gelang Patah constituency “And then the storm must cross the South China Sea and reach Sabah and Sarawak. With this, the people can complete a movement for political awareness and democracy.”

Lim, the Ipoh Timor MP, said this would be his fifth move into a new state to contest the election in his political career spanning 47 years.

“This is not an easy battle… but it is worth (fighting for) as it is for our goal, as well as for the nation and people,” he said.

He reiterated that Pakatan was targeting to win at least 18 parliamentary seats from BN in these three southern states: 15 in Johor, two in Negri Sembilan and one in Malacca.

DAP to contest seven seats

Lim said the DAP will contest about seven of the 26 parliamentary seats in Johor, but he declined to name the constituencies.

Liew Chin Tong portrait He also refused to confirm whether party political education bureau chief Liew Chin Tong (right) would contest in Johor, saying this would be announced when the time was right.

Gelang Patah, located near Johor Bahru, is now held by Johor Wanita MCA chief Tan Ah Eng, who retained the seat with a 8,851-vote majority in 2008.

However, it is speculated that Tan would be replaced with MCA Gelang Patah division chief Jason Teoh, a staunch supporter of MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek, in the coming election.

Chinese Malaysians make up 54 percent of the voters in the constituency, with Malays comprising 34 percent and Indians 12 percent.

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Kudos and great move by YB LKS.

    And now to drive MCA out of Johore so that Soiled Leg would no longer leave any soiled footprints post-GE 13.

    Our hopes and prayers, our support and our wishes go with you.

    Calling all Johoreans – all your help needed.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 3:49 pm

    When it comes to noble causes, its not to ask will it only to ask how to..Win or lose, its still worth it to try. Somethings, rare things, are just like that…

  3. #3 by Winston on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Well done, LKS!
    Bring the fight right into their heartland!
    This is as good as driving a stake right through their black hearts!!!
    Just like the British SAS motto:

  4. #4 by ahkmlog on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Come GE13 which Parlaiment will be disolved anytime from now will BN know whether will they still think that Johor is one of their fix deposit state.
    Better still if the actor stand against LKS in Gelang Patah instead of talking too much on MCA’s blog.

  5. #5 by john on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 9:52 pm

    Well, Well Pakatan Rakyat is the FIRST (beat Bumno to shame/dirt) to declare their candidate seat right in Bumno/bn self proclaimed stronghold.
    LKS by throwing down the gauntlet had shown Bumno/bn this is how GE be like – not the dilly dally, dally dilly, yo-yo, NO BALLS approach !
    And is for Pakatan Rakyat’s cause. NOT for ONE’s self-preservation, ie. Ah-C-4 (dragging calling GE to prolong his destiny with Altantuya).
    NOW is the time we vote ABU, ie. VOTE PAKATAN !

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 10:15 pm

    He or any buffoon from Dumno/BeEnd could well forget my vote assumimg i would be the local voter then.All the way ,Sir LKS,to your utmost capacity and luck.You’re indeed a legend.All the best forever in and after life.

  7. #7 by rockdaboat on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 11:54 pm

    Instead of talking 3 and talking 4, Chua SL, if he has got any guts at all, should stand or send his junior to stand in Gelang Patah and see who the Chinese will support.

    I find it very amusing that CSL and his BCs should comment on where LKS is standing. Has CSL nothing better to do than to poke his nose into other party’s internal affair?

  8. #8 by chengho on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 - 5:55 am

    MCA should field 30+ something to contest the old man of Dapter , send him for retirement , otherwise no young Dapter can move up the ladder .

  9. #9 by monsterball on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 - 6:06 am

    Fantastic idea from Chengho.
    MCA should be proud of this supporter.

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