PETALING JAYA: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has overtaken the rest of Pakatan Harapan coalition parties based on the electoral seat allocation for the coming polls, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The MCA president said Pribumi, which was the last party to join Pakatan, got the most parliamentary seats while DAP was only given 35.
“This points to the fact that DAP is being sidelined without any power,” Liow said.
He also pointed out that DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had changed “tremendously” over the last 10 years.
“The father and son have become very forgetful of the very person they once called a ‘tyrant’, who inflicted permanent damage to the Malaysian democratic system.
“Now, Tun Dr Mahathir has become their saviour,” he said in a statement.
Liow said the alliance between DAP and Dr Mahathir was clearly a blatant betrayal of the Chinese community, which had entrusted the party during the last two general elections.
“DAP should not take the Chinese for granted by continuing to hijack public opinion and pretending to fight for democracy but act the opposite way,” he said.
Liow said if DAP could brush aside the nation’s secular system, help to rebrand PAS’ theocratic state as a welfare state and cooperate with Pribumi, then all else could be compromised by the party.
He added that Pakatan only wanted to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and that their cause had got nothing to do with democracy and justice.
Liow also said that according to the leadership line-up revealed during the Pakatan’s convention on Sunday, the Opposition only wanted to delegate executive powers to Dr Mahathir, his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, Kit Siang, Guan Eng, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, his wife (Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail) and daughter (Nurul Izzah Anwar).
“This is a clear act of back-pedalling and an insult to the principles of democracy,” he said.
Liow said when Dr Mahathir and Anwar were in power, both leaders were against Chinese education and business opportunities.
However, he said, Dr Mahathir’s claim that Anwar was “morally unfit to become prime minister” is now history.
He urged the Chinese electorate to generate a “justice tsunami” to wipe out the Opposition’s hypocrisy and its political drama.