Pakatan will always have Malay bedrock, says DAP

on 27 February 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 ― Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will always stand on a Malay foundation, whether in government or as the opposition, the DAP said today, countering a study predicting minority dominance in the federal opposition pact post-Election 2013.


The statement comes after the Chinese language media reported think-tank ASLI projecting a larger share of seats for the DAP, considering much of PR support stems from the predominantly-Chinese urban areas.
It also predicted the status quo would see the Malays and Chinese pitted against each other, with the former making up the government and the latter the opposition.

“I don’t know what is the intent of the report... but if you look at the seats distributions, we will always be a Malay-majority opposition,” DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua told reporters at a party function here.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP explained that his party’s study projected the predominantly-Malay PKR and Islamist PAS to win 85 out of the 125 targeted seats needed for PR to garner a simple majority and form the new government.

PKR and PAS have both said they will contest the lion’s share of the 222 available parliamentary seats, while the DAP is aiming to run in slightly above 60.

Although PR has said the seats allocations talk have not been finalised, it is likely that the three component parties will stick to this formula.

Pua noted that the DAP will also be looking to “possibly” field more Malay candidates at the upcoming polls, to preclude accusations of Chinese dominance within PR.

“It’s not possible to win all of it,” the first-term lawmaker said, referring to the number of seats DAP aims to contest.

“Even so, if we win all of it there will also be Malay candidates. So from that perspective alone it will definitely be a Malay-majority opposition”.

Aiming at consolidating its powerbase, the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition led by its Malay lynchpin Umno has embarked on a communal campaign to portray PR as a pro-Chinese opposition.

Through government-controlled mainstream media, BN alleged that the country’s Malay majority would be sidelined were it to vote PR into power.

On Saturday, BN chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said supporting PR would see the end of Islam, the country’s main religion. He added that putting the DAP into power would “see Islam oppressed”.

PR leaders have dismissed the allegations as baseless and racist.

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