Conference Statement by Lim Kit Siang at the start of a two-day
whistle-stop campaign in Perak to launch the second DAP general election
theme on “Say no to corruption and rising prices” at the Pokok Assam
market, Taiping on Saturday, 2nd February 2008 at 9 am:
“Don’t give BN 75 seats in Parliament” should be the common objective of
all opposition parties, civil society and Malaysians who want to see the
beginning of a new democracy with an effective check-and-balance
general election is shaping up to be the most important of all 12
general elections in the nation’s 50-year history.
former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has warned that a
thumping victory for the Barisan Nasional and Umno in the next general
election would end up as an endorsement for a coalition “centred on
nepotism and corruption”.
has said that even if Umno loses 20 or 30 of their candidates, the
Barisan Nasional is going to win.
with the former Prime Minister. The issue in the next general election
is not whether the Barisan Nasional and Umno will be returned to power
but whether the unbroken two-thirds parliamentary majority of the
Barisan Nasional could be ended to provide for an effective and
meaningful check-and-balance in the system of parliamentary democracy in
reason, “Don’t give BN 75 seats in Parliament” should be the common
objective of all opposition parties, civil society and Malaysians who
want to see the beginning of a new democracy with an effective
check-and-balance for the first time in Malaysia’s system of
Barisan Nasional must be denied at least 75 parliamentary seats if it is
to be deprived of its two-thirds majority in a Parliament of 222 seats
in the next general election.
why DAP should focus on winning 30-40 parliamentary seats, while Parti
Keadilan Rakyat and PAS on another batch of 40-50 parliamentary seats.
If there is a 85% success
rate in these 90 parliamentary constituencies targeted by the
Opposition, then the 2008 general election will return a historic result
where the Barisan Nasional will be deprived of its two-thirds
parliamentary majority although it is still comfortably in power with a
strong simple majority.
The deprivation of its
parliamentary two-thirds majority for the first time in Malaysian
history would have historic significance in Malaysian politics and
nation-building for it would compel the Barisan Nasional government to
end its high-handed, arrogant and undemocratic rule and, for the first
time in its history, to act with greater responsibility, justice, fair
play, accountability, transparency and integrity.
The denial of two-thirds
majority should also be the objective of all opposition parties, NGOs
and the civil society in the two DAP front-line states of Perak and
In Penang, the Barisan
Nasional must be defeated in at least 14 seats if it is to be denied
two-thirds majority in the Penang State Assembly of 40 State Assembly
seats. DAP may be able to win from eight to ten State Assembly seats. If
Parti Keadilan Rakyat can win from four to six seats, then the denial of
the Barisan Nasional two-thirds majority in the Penang State Assembly is
Similarly for Perak, the
Barisan Nasional must be defeated in at least 20 seats if it is to be
denied two-thirds majority in the Perak State Assembly of 59 State
Assebmly seats. With DAP focusing on winning 15 state assembly seats in
Perak, this denial of two-thirds majority could only be achieved if Parti
Keadilan Rakyat, together with PAS, can secure five to seven seats.
These will be among the
great issues to be determined in the next general election expected to
be held within 45 days - whether Barisan Nasional and Umno can be
denied two-thirds majority in Parliament and the Penang and Perak state
assemblies to allow the people’s rights and genuine democracy the chance
to flower and mature.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman