Sunday 5 June 2011

DAP reveals its 'selling point' to seize Putrajaya

The Penang DAP's ceremah in Jelutong last night gave the impression that the battle for Malaysia in the 13th general election has already begun, although polls are not due until 2013.

The gist of every speaker's message contained answers to the topic of highest current interest: Can Pakatan Rakyat seize Putrajaya from BN in the coming polls?

NONEAsking the question itself might indicate a slight lack of confidence but the DAP answered 'yes' to the possibility of ending BN's 54 year rule of the country.

However, that possibility can only become real if Pakatan has an "outstanding selling point", said the political secretary to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right).

And that is, elaborated Ng Wei Aik, must be that no other than Guan Eng himself as his style of governance in Penang is exemplary and should be emulated in other Pakatan states.

"We may have a locomotive (for democracy and change) for the 13th GE but before the train can move, we need a competent driver," he told the 500 strong crowd in Penang last night.

"This time we need to win more seats in order to seize Putrajaya, for example, in Johor, Perak and Sarawak...Lim's performance in Penang can become a role model for other I hope we can appoint him as our selling point" he exclaimed.

His suggestion drew a positive response from the crowd, who stayed put in their seats until midnight to hear their leaders speak.

NONENg (right), who is state DAP Socialist Youth secretary was accompanied by Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi, Johor chief Boo Cheng Hau, Perak's Ngeh Koo Ham, Sarawak's Wong Ho Leng and Selangor state executive councillor and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

But Ng, like most DAP leaders, is aware that by winning seats under the DAP banner alone is not enough, solid unity between the three component parties in Pakatan is necessary to capture the Putrajaya.

Important accomplishment
He said the DAP had an important mission to accomplish, and this includes assisting its allies PKR and PAS in Malay majority areas like parliamentary seats Kepala Batas and Tasek Gelugor.
Both Umno strongholds - Kepala Batas is held by former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, while Tasek Gelugor is Minister in the Prime Minister department Nor Mohamed Yakcop's.

During his session, Ooi, revealed other selling points which the party is expected to exploit on the campaign trail.

He said before the party planned its strategy, it was aware of the direction the country was taking.

"We see that the rakyat has woken up to protest againt BN which merely means 'Barang Naik' (price hike)," he told the mostly middle-aged and elderly crowd.

"Malaysians have already begun to reject BN, whose governance promotes wastage, price hike and cronyism, and takes care of its own interests only," he added.

NONEHe urged the people to bury BN's Chinese component party, the MCA by crushing the dreams of the party's president Chua Soi Lek.

"Let's bury his dreams of a two party system. What we want is for people not only to vote for personalities but party as well, which will benefit the people more," said Ooi (left), a prominent blogger from USJ before he turned legislator.

Meanwhile, during her speech, Kok showed clips of free online TV Selangor to drive home the point that Pakatan states needs its own media to promote its various plans and policies, which do not get ample coverage in the mainstream media.

"We need this because we had become Umno and former Selangor menteri besar Mohd Khir Toyo's constant 'punching bag' since we seized power in 2008," she said, alternating between the English and Mandarin languages.

She then listed down all of Selangor Pakatan's projects and programmes, and the 'beneficial' social policies Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim has implemented for the people in the last three years.

"Unlike the previous BN's rule, we place people before profits," she said, justifying why Selangorians should throw their support behind Pakatan for another term.

Unaccomplished mission
On the topic of another term for DAP, Ngeh was so confident about the party retaining power in Penang that he urged Penangites to help Pakatan recapture Perak, to "accomplish an unaccomplished mission in 2008".

NONEThat year, Perak, whose leadership was then helmed by PAS' Nizar Jamaluddin as menteri besar, returned to BN after three assemblypersons crossed over from PKR (2) and DAP (1) to the ruling coalition.

"Come and help us in seats where we won with a majority that is less than 1,000 (about eight seats), and in BN constituencies where they won with less than that (about 11 seats)," he appealed.

"We also have three seats that we won with a majority that is less than every vote counts for Pakatan...please ask your friends to help us. Insyaallah, we will take Perak back!" he pleaded.

No comments:

Post a Comment