27-year-old Liow Cai Tung, product manager, is DAP candidate for Johor Jaya state assembly seat – a “7227” partnership of the old, middle-aged and young

There have been many misleading, incorrect and even baseless reports about Pakatan Rakyat negotiations on seats allocations which I think should be put straight for the record, viz:

Firstly, the Pakatan Rakyat leadership decision that I leave the comparatively safe seat of Ipoh Timor which I had won with a majority of over 21,000 votes in 2008 for Gelang Patah, which was won by the MCA/BN with a majority of some 9,000 votes in 2008 and a humongous majority of 31,666 votes in 2004 in a mission to help propel a “political tsunami” in Johore for Pakatan Rakyat to arrive in Putrajaya in the 13GE was not in exchange for any seat.

Secondly, the proposal that DAP allow PKR’s Chua Jui Meng to contest in Segamat is under discussion and negotiation.

UMNO/Barisan Nasional leaders and propagandists have launched ferocious hypocritical and double-tongued attacks against Pakatan Rakyat, alleging among the Malays that a Pakatan Rakyat victory would be detrimental to the future of Malays and Islam on the ground that DAP is anti-Malay and anti-Islam while the Chinese are warned that a Pakatan Rakyat victory will see the deprivation and derogation of the rights of the Chinese and the non-Muslims because the DAP are only stooge, puppet even “eunuchs” vis-a-vis PAS leaders.

These are just lies and falsehoods. The great difference between the Pakatan Rakyat and the Barisan Nasional is that PR is a coalition of political equals while BN is a coalition of UMNO as the political hegemon where the other 13 BN partners are just puppets and hangers-on.

This is why I had said many times public that I hoped that the Pakatan Rakyat will be able to win the 13GE with the strong and healthy majority by winning 125 parliamentary seats which will be distributed evenly among the three PR parties – PKR with 45 and DAP and PAS with 40 parliamentary seats each.

For Johore, an even distribution of the 26 Parliamentary seats among the three parties in PR would mean each party would be contesting in eight or nine seats each.

In the 2008GE, DAP contested in six parliamentary seats, namely Kulai, Kluang, Bakri, Labis, Segamat and Tanjong Piai. Even with Gelang Patah in the 13GE, DAP will be contesting in seven parliamentary seats which is short of the one-third of eight to nine parliamentary seats.

Thirdly, one-third of the 56 state assembly seats in Johore is 18 – 19 seats. DAP contested in 12 State Assembly seats in the 2008GE. For the 13GE, DAP proposes to contest in 15 State Assembly seats (including Pengkalan Rinting and Johor Jaya) – which is three to four seats short of the one-third of the Johore State Assembly seats which DAP should be contesting.

There have been allegations that I am “greedy” and want to stand both in Gelang Patah parliamentary seat and the Johor Jaya state assembly seat.

Nothing could be further from my mind.

Let me make it very clear that I never had any intention to contest in any Johor state assembly seat, especially as the DAP has a most suitable and appropriate candidate for the Johor Jaya seat – Sdri Liow Cai Tung, DAPSY Executive Council member and DAPSY Assistant Publicity Secretary.

Liow is 27 years old and I am 72 years old, but our “7227” partnership symbolises the real strength and vigour of the DAP where the old-middle/aged-old unite the wisdom, experience, enthusiasm and energy of all age groups in a common cause to bring justice, freedom, competitiveness and prosperity for the country and all Malaysian citizens.

I have no doubt that Liow would be an excellent PR State Assemblywoman for Johor Jaya and give her the fullest endorsement.

I admit however that the allocation of the Johor Jaya state assemby seat has yet to be decided by the Pakatan Rakyat parties, although DAP could legitimately seek to contest in another three or four seats in keeping with a one-third distribution of the 56 state assembly seats in Johore among the three PR parties.

I have never wanted to comment on ongoing discussions particularly on seats negotiations but I am making an exception today in order to correct the many misperceptions running wild in the public domain.

I would however urge everyone, whether in DAP or Pakatan Rakyat parties, to refrain from making any more public comments on the on-going seats negotiations and to leave it to the PR leadership to make the final decision – as we must never be deflected from one and only one goal, to defeat UMNO and BN in the 13GE and to establish a new PR Federal Government to end the rampant corruption, cronyism, injustices and abuses of power after 56 years of UMNO/BN rule.

(Speech when visiting Taman Johor Jaya on Monday, 1st April 2013 at 10 am)

  1. #1 by kg on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 8:26 pm

    PR will win GE13

  2. #2 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 8:54 pm

    So bring it on umno!

  3. #3 by Loh on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 9:24 pm

    ///(5) Point No 5: We welcome raising the minimum wage to RM1,100.00 per month.

    But Indian poor displaced plantation workers are still segregated from the 1,021,346 Felda, Felcra & Risda’s 10 acre land ownership schemes.

    Even a kacang putih or scrap metal licence or even a garbage collection contract has not been granted to any Indian poor in the five Pakatan states in the last five years to give effect to the RM5,000 average household income in Malaysia that was revealed by Prime Minister Najib Razak last month.///–Hindraf

    It is racist of UMNO to keep those land programmes to Malays only. Hindraf wants now to have Indians included but how about other non-Malays? Shouldn’t Hindraf support a non-racist alternative government instead of asking for concession in exchange for the votes. If Indian votes are sold for piecemeal gains, the future generations of Indians will have Hindraf to blame for their lower-class Malaysian status. Do they want to be second-class Malays?

  4. #4 by Winston on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 10:00 pm

    Agreed, LKS!!!!
    Malaysians must have a singularly one-track mind to ensure the demise of UMNO/BN!
    The only alternative is the destruction of this country by the Devils’ Party!!!

  5. #5 by bruno on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 10:03 pm

    No need to pay any attention to these bolas carrying Umno/BN wailing crybabies.When Umno/BN gets the boot from Putrajaya,they will be crawling on all fours to PR elected representtives begging for a piece of the pie.That is what these scavengering backlane mongrels do for a living.

  6. #6 by bruno on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 10:11 pm

    Dap has long lines of capable leaders and members to offer as candidates this coming GE.Unlike the BN which is bankrupted of honest capable leaders only to being able to offered
    useless tainted candidates whose shelf lives has long expired.

  7. #7 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 10:13 pm

    Maybe Dr M wants to contest in Johor jaya and become MB?

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 11:10 pm

    Come on, Mr Lim. You know it will not be a fair fight.

    Mahathir as usual will demand his usual ‘handicap’.

    Why don’t you even things up by giving him a 10,000 ‘handicap’ ? He might then consider your challenge.

  9. #9 by chengho on Monday, 1 April 2013 - 11:37 pm

    demography bro, skin color politic , can you contest in Malay thick area

  10. #10 by sheriff singh on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 12:10 am

    OK to tanding in Malaysian Malaysia seat. You got a problem with it ?

  11. #11 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 12:55 am

    Perhaps it is best to not reveal too much of your candidature/strategy to your foe before the election battle begins!

  12. #12 by Noble House on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 2:32 am

    ///-……as we must never be deflected from one and only one goal, to defeat UMNO and BN in the 13GE and to establish a new PR Federal Government to end the rampant corruption, cronyism, injustices and abuses of power after 56 years of UMNO/BN rule.///- Timely advice!

    The fact that you had Mahathir, at 88, busy campaigning all around the country (much to Najib’s delight or is it agony?) shows that UMNO/BN is bereft of good and quality leaders capable of good governance. Bad people cannot create good government.

    To add to this timely advice, allow me to quote what General George S Patton told to the soldiers on the eve of the final onslaught on mighty Nazi Germany:

    “You don’t win this war by dying for your country. You win it by making the other poor dumb [email protected]@rd died for his country.”

  13. #13 by waterfrontcoolie on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 7:17 am

    chengho, your name sake should haul you up for a discussion for insulting his name in the month of chengMing!

  14. #14 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 8:55 am

    THIS IS A STATESMAN.. Kollywood hero just not the same stuff…

  15. #15 by dawsheng on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 10:17 am

    Timely decision. Many JB townships’ maintenance are in deplorable state. The drains especially horrid and in some places got rats the size of cats; mosquitoes, flies and cockroaches that survived chemical annihilation.

  16. #16 by monsterball on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 11:19 am

    Ghost riders quarreling.

  17. #17 by Albert Choong on Tuesday, 2 April 2013 - 7:18 pm

    In the impending 13th. GE for the 14 party coalition BN, it will be a replay of the Battle of Waterloo. The numbers 1314 (one live one die in Chinese) will be demise of MCA and the survival of UMNO b as the Royal Opposition in the Malaysian Parliament!

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