DUNGUN: In conservative Terengganu, Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad assured the people that power will remain with the Malay-Muslim majority if the opposition coalition forms the government.
Addressing a crowd at Padang Astaka here, the former premier quelled concerns of DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang becoming the next prime minister should Pakatan win, saying that the party did not have enough seats to do so.
“DAP is contesting less than a quarter of the seats in the Dewan Rakyat.
“How can they have an influence on government decisions?” he said.
Dr Mahathir also praised DAP’s diversity, revealing an improved sentiment with the party he formerly did not see eye-to-eye with.
He added that he had come to know DAP better when they signed the citizen’s declaration together to oust Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2016.
Also present at the rally were Pakatan deputy president Mohamad Sabu as well as state Pakatan component party leaders Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Ahmad (Parti Amanah Negara), Azan Ismail (PKR) and Datuk Razali Idris (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia).
When met after the event, Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu, told reporters that Pakatan had a very weak chance to win in Terengganu due to the fear local Malays have of the Chinese.
“The Malays here are still afraid of Pakatan because they fear that if Pakatan wins, the Chinese through DAP would be in power.
“This thinking still prevails among the society here because the Malays have been indoctrinated with it for too long.
“So reversing it is not easy,” said the Amanah president.
GE14 will see numerous three-cornered fights all over Terengganu’s 32 state seats and eight parliamentary seats.