Contrary to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claim, DAP is capable of winning more than 18 parliamentary seats without help from him, veteran Opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang said on Friday.
Scoffing at the former prime minister’s recent assertion, Lim said DAP has proven so more than once in past general elections, and attributed its success to the party’s consistency in sticking to its principles and five objectives for a multiracial, multilingual and multicultural society that has struck a chord with voters.
“I admit that Dr Mahathir had helped in DAP winning 42 parliamentary seats in the 2018 General Election, but to say that the DAP had not been able to win more than 18 parliamentary seats is totally incorrect,” the Iskandar Puteri MP said in a statement.
Dr Mahathir had told China Press that he was instrumental in bringing Malay support and the DAP would not have gotten “more than 18 seats” if it was not because of him. DAP has 42 seats in Parliament now.
He also said DAP would not be able to garner Malay support in the next general election without his help.
Lim, however, pointed out the DAP’s trajectory in elections has consistently moved upwards over the years.
He said it won 24 parliamentary seats in the 1986 elections, 20 seats four years later, 38 seats in Election 2013, before securing 42 seats in the last general election in 2018.
“Although the DAP had been demonised by lies, falsehoods and fake news as anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers for the past five decades, the DAP had right from its formation in 1966 been committed to a multi-racial, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural Malaysian objective and had never been against any race or religion or against the monarchical system in Malaysia.
“With the diabolical campaign of misinformation, lies, falsehoods and fake news, which were intensified in the last 12 years since 2008, that the DAP was anti-Malay, anti-Islam and anti-Malay Rulers, we faced an uphill battle to win over the support of the Malays, but we have never given up this challenge,” Lim added.
He also said DAP held on to its multiracial motto, producing political leaders from every stratum of society.
Lim said that as early as the 1969 polls, two Malay DAP leaders were elected as state assemblymen and the party had once nominated Ibrahim Singgeh to be Perak menteri besar in the event the party won the state.
He added that there have been more than a dozen Malay assemblymen and MPs under DAP’s wings since then.