The DAP has warned that the infighting in Pakatan Rakyat may cost the coalition victory in the upcoming Kajang by-election.
Its advisor Lim Kit Siang (pic) said it is imperative that the three Pakatan Rakyat parties of PKR, PAS and DAP take immediate measures to close ranks.
“We must put aside our differences, ensure that we do not shoot ourselves in the foot and deny our children and children’s children the one chance in more than half-a-century for political change in Putrajaya,” Lim said in a statement today.
Lim warned that in the by-election, Pakatan could only suffer defeat and setbacks through its own making.
“At stake in the Kajang by-election is not just Anwar’s personal political future, but the future of Pakatan Rakyat, three million Selangorians and 30 million Malaysians,” he warned.
“We must never forget what Abraham Lincoln said: A house divided against itself cannot stand,” he said.
Lim’s warning comes as PKR continued to snipe at Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim over the water MoU he had signed with Putrajaya.
Selangor PAS had also complained publicly about Anwar’s purported plan to take over the Selangor government should he win the by-election.
Adding to the uncertainty is Khalid’s repeated insistence that there was not going to be a change to the state leadership, and talk that the Menteri Besar was planning to mount a challenge for the PKR deputy president’s post.
Lim said against this scenario it was likely that the pact could be defeated at the ballot.
He said Anwar’s real enemies in the Kajang by-election were not the independent candidates, MCA or even UMNO, but PR/PKR internal feuds and in-fighting.
“Let us face up to the harsh reality that a defeat in the Kajang by-election – in failing to achieve a resounding and historic victory – cannot be ruled out,” the Gelang Patah MP said.
Lim said the Kajang by-election promises to be the “by-election of the century” in Malaysia, deciding not only on who will be the elected representative of the Selangor state assembly seat of Kajang, the political leadership in Selangor, but most important of all, the political configuration of the federal centre of power in Putrajaya in the immediate future.
“All the three Pakatan Rakyat parties of PKR, PAS and DAP must be fully united and inspired by the common goal of creating a new Malaysia where all her citizenry, regardless of race, religion or region, are united with one common vision for an united, harmonious, free, democratic, just, competitive, progressive and prosperous Malaysia.”
Lim said for this reason, the three Pakatan Rakyat parties must not only ensure Anwar wins in the Kajang by-election on March 23, but wins with a resounding and thunderous majority which will immediately send out a message to all nooks and corners of Malaysia that Putrajaya awaits change in the 14th general election.
“Just a simple victory in Kajang is a defeat,” he said.
The Kajang seat fell vacant after its incumbent, Lee Chin Cheh from PKR, resigned on January 27.
The EC has fixed March 11 for nomination and polling on March 23.
Barisan Nasional has named MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun as its candidate, while PKR has announced that it will be fielding its adviser, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also Opposition Leader.
The state seat comprises 38,965 registered voters. At the last general election in May, 2013, the seat saw a voter turnout of 87.9% with 541 spoilt votes. It has 48% Malay voters, Chinese 41%, Indian 10% and others 1%.
In the 2013 general election, PKR’s Lee garnered 19,571 votes followed by Lee Ban Seng (Barisan Nasional-MCA) with 12,747 votes and Mohamad Ismail (Berjasa) 1,014 votes. The three independent candidates who contested the seat were Mohd Iwan Jefrey Abdul Majib (249 votes), Ong Yan Foo (85 votes) and Mohd Khalid Kassim (83 votes).
Lee won the seat with a comfortable 6,824 vote majority. Except for the MCA candidate, all other aspirants lost their deposits in the polls. — The Malaysian Insider, February 28, 2014.