SHAH ALAM – The welfare and rights of the people in Sabah and Sarawak must be looked into if Pakatan Harapan were to hope to take over Putrajaya in the next general election, said DAP secretary-general, Lim Guan Eng.
Describing both states as “key” to Pakatan’s quest to Putrajaya, Lim who is also Penang Chief Minister said its performance had been rather fair in the last Sarawak state election.
“But there are still chances for us to work harder,” he said in his winding-up speech at the 50th DAP convention in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.
Lim said improving the country’s economy was also another determining factor, citing United States’ recent election of Donald Trump as its president as a sign of Americans yearning for a change.
“We must be able to balance the country’s economy amidst global challenges in order to instil faith in the people to support us,” he said.
Earlier in their debate, Malay delegates defended DAP.
Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz, who is Raub MP, said DAP had been labelled as anti-Islam and anti-Malay because Barisan Nasional felt threatened.
Delegate from Penang, Syerleena Abdul Rashid, said the state government’s allocation for Islamic schools and affairs had increased, adding that it was not sidelining the Malays as claimed.
Seremban branch leader Datuk A. K. Das called on PKR not to keep waiting for PAS to come on board Pakatan because the Islamist party had changed.
“PAS is no longer the party we used to know,” he said.