May 19, 2022

Tell me why this Chinese-led Malaysian political party is often used as a scapegoat

In the Johor by-elections, the ruling Umno party seemed to have found the ideal workhorse ahead of the Johor elections.

He is adamant that the Chinese-led DAP should not be allowed to participate in national politics, especially in the run up to elections in Johor state.

The DAP is a candidate in the Johor state elections on March 12 as part of the opposition Pakatan Harapan led by Anwar Ibrahim.

Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, leader of the Sabah Barisan Nasional, said that the DAP only came to power (in 2018 in Johor as part of the PH coalition) through defamation and false promises. This involves a smear campaign against the BN.

According to him, the true character of the DAP was only revealed when the party won a mandate in the state in the last general election, in which it not only failed, but was “racist”.

“The provocation between the races in this country is increasing. Divide the people and this stems from DAP and its members. The party played on various issues in order to anger others.

“The Pakatan Harapan government (in Johor) at that time was led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. And so far I see him following the DAP trend of blaming others, others are thieves, others are liars,” he told a meeting in Sabah.

Najib predicts DAP will lose

On the other hand, Najib wastes no time and effort to use his renewed political capital to campaign against the DAP in the Chinese-majority neighborhoods of Johor.

The ex-prime minister says there is a change of sentiment among the Chinese minority in Johor. He hopes this will translate into votes in the next national elections.

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The adviser to Barisan Nasional, who is also a convicted felon for his involvement in the international CBC lawsuit linked to 1MDB, says he came to this conclusion based on the warm reception he received in the southern region of Johor over the past few days.

Najib said the sentiment in favor of the BN candidates in the Johor state polls stands in stark contrast to the scenario that prevailed during the 14th general election in 2018 in which the alliance lost both the administrations of state and federal.

“I can see the support from the Chinese community growing and getting stronger. If you take a look at the warm welcome this morning, it’s not something we witnessed before GE14.

Does this show that the DAP is losing ground in Johor after losing seats it won after a long and hard battle in Sarawak in the recent by-elections?

Opposition parties were defeated in elections in Sarawak, which followed the elections in Malacca.

DAP won seven seats in 2016, while Keadilan won three. However, in the 2021 elections, the DAP only won two of the 24 seats it contested, while Anwar Ibrahim’s Keadilan lost all 28 contested seats.

In the Melaka elections last year, the DAP won only four of the eight seats it contested.

There is no doubt that the DAP is on a slide and faces more attacks from Umno and its allies as the opposition seems indefinitely divided.

The splitting of PH into three parties, with Dr. Mahathir’s party competing separately while former Sports Minister Syed Saddiq’s MUDA party also competes alone, has created even greater rift among opposition organizations.

Nevertheless, the future does not look bright for the DAP which had the opportunity to show its strength when it came to power in 2018.

However, it appears the party has slipped into some rhetoric that has led it into serious trouble, turmoil that has dogged it since Mahathir’s resignation as Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Malaysia.

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