Anwar touts DAP for Penang ahead of polls 

(The Malaysian Insider) “They say Anwar has become a Chinese tool. What is the problem? 

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pitched for a continued DAP leadership of Penang ahead of the next election despite uneasiness among the state’s Malays, declaring last night he rather be DAP’s “Chinese tool” rather than work with the MCA.

His appeal for support from the state’s Malays at a mass rally on the mainland comes on the back of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) renewed confidence of winning 17 state seats and having an equal chance in five other seats in the 40-seat assembly. BN’s Umno now holds 11 seats while the rest are held by Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

“They say Anwar has become a Chinese tool. What is the problem?

“It is better that I am good with Lim, far better than I go with Chua, but if you all want to choose him, go ahead. I would rather choose the Chinese leaders in PKR and DAP,” Anwar told the crowd, referring to his ally Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

Dr Chua and his party have been critical of DAP, using his party’s The Star newspaper to slam the DAP secretary-general for bulldozing development projects and failing to protect Chinese interests by pandering to PAS’s Islamic state plans.

But other BN-controlled media are also painting DAP as anti-Islam and anti-Malay in the key manufacturing-and-tourism state.

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