Shabery Cheek: Chinese voters helped Barisan win in 1999

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Aug 2017

A file picture or Ahmad Shabery taken on April 12, 2017- Bernama

AYER HITAM: Umno members must not forget the history of the 1999 general election where Malay voters turned away from Barisan Nasional because of the controversies caused by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (pic) .

The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister reminded the party that during that time, it was Chinese votes that helped Barisan win the general election.

"When the Malays turned away and felt that they have had enough of Tun M's ways, including the black eye incident, it was our Chinese voters who helped us," he said when opening the Ayer Hitam Umno delegates meeting here on Saturday.

The Umno supreme council member was referring to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's black eye, which the former deputy prime minister got after an alleged beating while in police custody in 1998.

Ahmad Shabery added that Chinese votes should not be written off as they have proved that they could rise to the occasion when the time is right and urged party members to keep working with other Barisan component parties to win their hearts.
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