Media Statement by M. Kula Segaran in Ipoh on Friday, 21st May 2010:
All out preparation to begin for battle for Putrajaya in the next general election
DAP knew it was not easy to win Sibu. In fact, we knew it was so tough that we had asked the Sibuans to create a political miracle by electing the first Pakatan Rakyat Member of Parliament from Sarawak.
Barisan Nasional ( BN) leaders were so confident of retaining Sibu parliamentary seat that they had openly said that Sibu had always been a traditional BN stronghold. They had more than once said that Sarawak was BN's "fixed deposit"- strong and secure.
They were not being boastful as Sibu was indeed a traditional stronghold of BN. But the courageous Sibuans decided to send message to the BN leaders that they wanted change and the people power could make BN lose its "fixed deposit".
While the PR's defeat in the recent Hulu Selangor was a big disappointment for the opposition, the historic Sibu win by DAP's Wong Ho Leng was a booster to our battle for Putrajaya in the next general election.
With the Sibu result, it is unlikely that Najib will want to call for an early general election . But PR must begin all out preparation to do the great battle for Putrajaya.
Recent Hulu Selangor and the just concluded Sibu by election results have clearly shown that there has been increase of Chinese support for PR . But we had lost Hulu Selangor due to decreased support from the Malay and Indian voters.
Hence, special strategies and plans should be put in place to increase PR support, especially among the non Chinese voters.
* M. Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman & MP for Ipoh Barat