DAP’s alarm bell of losing 20% Chinese votes a wake-up call for PH not to take non-Malay voters for granted
AT a glance, it seems like this could be a scare tactic on the part of DAP Penang secretary Lim Hui Ying to incite fear among Chinese Penangites so as not to turn fence-sitters or worse cast their ballots for Perikatan Nasional (PN) or even ‘boycotting’ the upcoming six state polls by not turning up on polling day or to cast spoilt votes.
(Focus Malaysia) – But on second thought – judging from the latest development in the aftermath of the unveiling what has been claimed as a ‘lopsided’ state election line-up – there is reason to believe that the Tanjong MP has valid reason to sound the alarm bell with nine days to go before polling day on Aug 12.
“Do not be complacent, do not think we are sure to win. Just now, I received another message saying Penang (DAP) has lost 20% of Chinese support,” the Deputy Education Minister pointed out during the opening ceremony of DAP’s campaign office in Pengkalan Kota yesterday (Aug 2). “They might choose not to vote, spoil their votes, or vote for PN.”
For the uninitiated, there is currently dissatisfaction among the Chinese and to some extent Indians about the internal crisis within the DAP, especially with the recent dropping of six incumbents aligned to caretaker chief minister Chow Kon Yeow.
There are also allegations that the faction aligned with the party’s national chairman Lim Guan Eng (Hui Ying’s elder brother) is seeking to replace Chow as chief minister.
DAP is well-aware that Chinese voters in Penang are considered as fixed deposit for PH yet the latest chain of events has rendered the situation difficult for a whole-hearted support from the non-Malays.