Statement (2) by Lim Guan Eng in Penang Red Rock Hotel
on Sunday, 9th March 2008:
the historic breakthrough of denying BN its 2/3 majority and the wins by
opposition parties in the five states of Penang, Kelantan, Perak,
Selangor and Perak as an endorsement for the agenda of change to
establish a healthy functioning democracy
DAP hails the
historic breakthrough of denying BN its 2/3 majority and the wins by
opposition parties in five states of Penang, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor
and Perak as an endorsement for the agenda of change to establish a
healthy functioning democracy. DAP hopes that this unexpected victory
can be the catalyst to end the one-party rule of BN with a two-party
system that offers real alternatives to voters.
DAP recorded its best ever performance since contesting in the 1969
general elections by winning 28 parliamentary seats out of 47 seats
contested and at least 72 state seats out of 102 state seats contested.
Most importantly, DAP won power for the first time together with PKR in
Penang. DAP elected representatives express our gratitude to the voters
for the confidence in us and gives our assurance that those elected will
serve both inside and outside Parliament or the State Assembly.
DAP was able to win so many seats due to our success in attracting not
just non-Malay voters but also winning at least one-third of Malay
voters. The success by opposition parties in winning support from a wide
spectrum of the Malaysian public has translated to shocking wins in five
state governments, especially Penang and Selangor where it appeared that
the opposition will enjoy a 2/3 majority.
DAP will co-operate with other opposition parties to form the government
in Penang and other states. DAP wishes to emphasis that we will be an
inclusive government that represents all Malaysians. No one will be
discriminated or victimised even if they had supported the BN. We want
to be the government as well as a responsible and constructive
opposition in other states for all Malaysians.
DAP will continue to build up on our success in winning Malay votes in
significant numbers to win seats we otherwise would not have won. We
want to prove that we fight for the interests of all Malays, Chinese
Indians, Kadazans and Ibans so long as they are Malaysians. As my
personal experience has shown, in 1998 I have gone to prison, lost my
civil and political rights, disqualified as a Member of Parliament for
fighting for the rights of a Malay girl who was detained even though she
was raped. I hope that my experience in fighting for the Malays can be
seen as a sign of our commitment to help and uplift the rights and
interests for all communities.
The election results yesterday have shown that Malaysians believe in the
power of change and desire to be treated as Malaysians first and last.
DAP hopes that we can make use of this rare opportunity by all
Malaysians to break the racial mould of dividing Malaysians by race in
favour of a bangsa Malaysia that ensures political equality, shared
prosperity, equal economic opportunity and socio-economic justice.
Lim Guan Eng,
DAP Secretary-General & Chief Minister of Penang