Kek Lok Si with a thousand lights once a year.
It seems that 2 out of 3 Penangites are talking about voting for DAP and other opposition in the coming general elections. The Penangites have many reasons to do so and many of them were greatly disappointed with the performance of the long-time Chief Minister Tan Sri Khor Tsu Khoon.
DAP has responded positively to the call of the people and it has announced publicly that the party is ready to take charge in two terms. It’s now up to the Penangites to make a decisive move in the coming general elections. The first hurdle would be to ensuring the opposition parties to win enough seats to deny the BN the two-third majoriyty in the state assembly. This is vatal because slightly more than half of the current seats were Non-Malay majority seats. Only a denial of the tw-third majority is sufficient to stop the BN coalition to amend the Penang State Constitution in order to redraw the boundaries (delineation excersice). With the denial of the two-third majority of seats, the Penangites should be “more” ready by then and go all out for a change of government. It’s not just a dream if the Penangites could throw their support behind the DAP and other opposition parties in the state.
If you look back at history, the Panangites were capable of voting in a new government. They have trusted the then opposition leader Dr Lim Chong Eu of Gerakan to rule Penang.
But Dr Lim Chong Eu has betrayed the trust of the Penangites when he brought Gerakan to join the newly-formed Barisan Nasional through the invitation of the late Tun Razak. Gerakan, as an opposition party, has striked an electoral pact with other opposition parties including the DAP during the 1969 general elections. No one expects Gerakan to join the ruling coalition after its victory. Several other opposition parteis (PPP,PAS,SUPP, SNAP) also joined the BN except the DAP. DAP remains as a responsible opposition party and stood its ground until today.
If the DAP were given the mandate to rule Penang, you can rest assured that it would not forego its principles and join the ruling BN coalition. DAP is not another Gerakan.
But DAP would certainly need the cooperation of other opposition parties like Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas to win the mandate. We trust that the DAP Penang leadership together with the national leadership wil find a winning formula in Penang, with the full cooperation from other opposition parties in the state.
But time is not on our side. We have reasons to believe that the next GE is getting closer by the day. The stock market rally is certainly orchestrated and the euphoria was hyped-up not for no reasons. Do not be too surprise if AAB suddenly calls for a snap election and the first possible date could be as early as MAY 19. This year.