Crowd Cheers When DAP MP Announces Landslide Defeat in Tg Piai

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At a community event last night, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng had to announce the Tanjung Piai by-election results to the audience, many of which were his constituents.

However, to his surprise, the audience broke into applause when Lim announced that the Pakatan Harapan had lost dramatically.

Most people in the audience were likely those who had supported Harapan in the last general election as Lim won with 92 per cent of the vote.

Lim wrote briefly about his experience on Twitter and Malaysiakini contacted him today for details.

He explained that he was giving a speech at the Taman Pusat Kepong resident’s association dinner and decided to share the outcome of the by-election mid-way.

“They clapped as though it was good news,” said Lim.

“When I congratulated the by-election winner Wee Jeck Seng, they clapped even harder. Granted, Kepong MCA division members were present.”

When asked for his reflections on the reaction, Lim said the lesson for Harapan was that the coalition has to fulfil its promises.

“In my speech, I said no more time-wasting. No more ‘We’ve been in power for less than two years’ or ‘the manifesto can wait’. No more of that.

“We must fix a time frame. No more delays,” said Lim, who claimed that this received the best reaction from the crowd that night.

As for DAP, Lim said the party has no choice but to go back to the voters and investigate how they think the party has strayed.

According to Malaysiakini’s analysis, Harapan had suffered a small drop in Malay support in Tanjung Piai and a massive drop in support from Chinese voters.

Overall, Harapan secured just 26.4 percent of the votes and was crushed by BN which raked in more than the combined BN and PAS votes during the 2018 elections.

On where he expected BN to go from here, Lim said the opposition coalition would probably feel vindicated about their race and religion repertoire.

“They will think it’s proven to work and will continue to make inflammatory statements.

“In front of the Malays, they will say Harapan is led by the Chinese, that the DAP is communists seeking to end Malay rights.

“MCA will continue to say DAP is subservient to Bersatu and (prime minister Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad),” he said. – Malaysiakini