Guan Eng: Making way for Muda in Johor polls first move in Opposition’s plan to form govt

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Giving up seats to Muda in the coming Johor polls would help strengthen the opposition.

Making way for the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) to contest in Johor is part of a bigger plan to strengthen the Opposition, with the ultimate goal of forming a government, said DAP’s Lim Guan Eng.

He agreed that some might find it “unusual” for him to focus on strengthening another party instead of DAP. “But if you only look at strengthening yourself, how does that help to promote your big tent?” he told FMT, referring to a concept espoused by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim aimed at strengthening the opposition bloc.

DAP and Amanah had earlier this month made way for Muda to contest in six seats: Puteri Wangsa, Tenang, Bukit Kepong, Parit Raja, Machap and Bukit Permai.

The decision to allow Muda to contest the Puteri Wangsa seat irked PKR, which said that “easy-to-win” seats should not be given to parties whose loyalty to the opposition was untested.

Lim said the decision by Amanah and DAP was made on the principle of winning together, “knowing that if we fight separately we will lose miserably”.

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“Winning that seat is not the purpose. Winning seats sufficient to form a government should be the ultimate purpose,” he was quoted as saying.

Lim said if the parties stood for election separately, they would likely fail to secure seats in view of the Melaka and Sarawak state elections where they lost by small margins.

He said the losses were down to a low voter turnout, adding that DAP was trying to foster better communication with voters.