The opposition needs to focus on winning over folks in rural areas, especially in Sabah and Sarawak, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.
“We should stop holding activities in the Klang Valley as we are only preaching to those who are already converted,” he told the “Save Malaysia” roundtable conference initiated by DAP here today.
“We cannot win Putrajaya if we do not win a substantial number of seats in these two states.”
Lim, who is also Penang chief minister, said greater efforts should be made to reach out to Sabah and Sarawak, which are regarded as Barisan Nasional strongholds.
In the last general election, BN won 48 of the 56 parliamentary seats in the two states winning a total of 132 seats to retain power.
Lim said the fact that Prime Minister Najib Razak was considering early state elections in Sabah showed he was not confident of winning the state, especially since BN appeared to be supportive of the shariah bill proposed by PAS.
Lim agreed with lawyer Ambiga Sreenivasan that the opposition should initiate more legal cases against the federal government in the courts of Sabah and Sarawak.
“Perhaps the judges there will look at the suits from a different perspective,” he said.
Lim was sure the next general election would be fought over issues related to the state of the economy and the income of the people.
“In Penang, I am told business is down by 30% despite the tourism industry doing well.”
He said the state was issuing tenders for projects to generate more economic activity and boost the income of the people.
Lim said the opposition must also reach out to groups which are apolitical and the fence-sitters.
“In the recent US presidential election, Republican candidate Donald Trump won because he not only reached out to neglected Democrat supporters but also promised the voters economic reforms.”
Source : V Anbalagan @ FMT Online