DAP bigwigs come together in bid to help PAS retain seat

by Md Izwan and Musliza Mustafa
The Malaysian Insider
November 03, 2013

PAS roped in its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners to organise a dinner last night to meet Chinese voters in the Sungai Limau constituency, which goes to the ballot tomorrow.

Called Super Saturday, the event was attended by top DAP leaders including Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Zairil Khir Johari, as well as PAS’s Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Mohamad Sabu, Dr Hatta Ramli and its candidate Mohd Azam Abdul Samat.

Kit Siang in his speech urged the 1,000 Chinese voters who attended the function to help the Islamic party win with a bigger majority,

“This time, let us create history by securing the seat with a bigger majority through our candidate from PAS Ustaz Azam,“ he said.

Dr Hatta, who is PAS election director, described the event as one of friendship between the PR component parties.

“This is friendship between races in Malaysia. Don’t worry because we have a better future even though there are extremists in Malaysia. We have PR which will protect the rakyat,” he said.

Guan Eng meanwhile urged Chinese voters in Sungai Limau to choose the PAS candidate because they share the same agenda of fighting graft.

“Let us together reject bribery and GST,” he said, referring to the Goods and Services Tax announced in the 2014 Budget speech on October 25.

DAP’s Zairil addressing the crowd at the dinner last night. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefly, November 3, 2013.DAP’s Zairil addressing the crowd at the dinner last night. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefly, November 3, 2013.Zairil, who is Kedah DAP chairman, advised voters to reject leaders who resorted to racial politics.

“Umno practises racial politics.

“Even Mukhriz said last month they will not give aid to the people who did not vote BN in the May 5 general election,” said Zairil, taking a poke at Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

Zairil also took a swipe at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, saying the recent move to increase the prices of oil and sugar would further burden the people.

The by-election is a straight fight between Azam and BN’s Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim. The Chinese represent 6% of the Sungai Limau electorate, of whom 93% are Malays. – November 3, 2013.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 3 November 2013 - 2:52 pm

    The more DAP and PAS do these kinds of things, the harder it is for PAS rebels to act against Pakatan.

    BUT PAS still faces an uphill task even just holding on to its base of voters and supporters. It really need something else especially given the decline of Nik Aziz as a campaign force. Its not just a PAS problem its a Pakatan problem..

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