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Monday, May 17, 2010

Perkasa again questions Chinese support for BN - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — Malay rights group Perkasa has again questioned Chinese support for Barisan Nasional (BN), noting that the lack of support in Sibu was similar to the Hulu Selangor vote last month.

Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali claimed Chinese voters in Sibu did not appreciate the promises and financial aid pledges made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the eight-day campaign.
“The Chinese community openly supported DAP’s policies. The Chinese voters did not appreciate what the prime minister gave to them,” he said, adding Najib had supported the community’s vernacular school system.
Ibrahim has lashed out at the Chinese community once more. — file picThe independent Pasir Mas MP has been at the forefront of Malay rights issues and has made Perkasa the country’s largest Malay non-governmental organisation.
“Chinese voters want the Chinese way although Bumiputeras have to accept the compromise made by BN to fulfil their needs,” Ibrahim added when commenting on BN’s defeat.
The Sibu federal seat is pre-dominantly Chinese and most of whom voted for DAP, which was contesting its first by-election since Election 2008.
The Chinese had also voted against the BN in Hulu Selangor three weeks ago although the ruling federal coalition still won the Parliamentary seat.
In view of the trend, Perkasa wanted BN to review financial aid and development projects for the Chinese community but BN and Umno leaders have dismissed such a move.
Ibrahim, however, said the Sibu result was a lesson that will motivate the Malays and Bumiputeras to unite as they were the dominant majority.
“For me, as a Malay and as a Muslim, this is a lesson... we will move forward, we will see,” said the outspoken MP who had campaigned for BN in Hulu Selangor.
DAP’s Wong Ho Leng won the Sibu seat last night — his fourth try — with a narrow 398 majority.
He garnered 18,845 votes to defeat BN’s Robert Lau Hui Yew, who took 18,447 votes, while independent Narawi Haron obtained 232 votes. There were 395 spoilt votes.


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