The 15GE may end up like the 14GE – with UMNO/BN in the lead before the GE but not so after the GE

The 15th General Election on Nov. 19, 2022 may end up like the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 – with UMNO/Barisan Nasional in the lead before the poll but not so when the results were out.

In the 14GE, I campaigned for the toppling of the UMNO/BN government throughout the country but if you asked me on the morning of Polling Day on May 9, 2018, I would not say that Pakatan Harapan would end the UMNO/BN political hegemony on that day.

The UMNO President and Prime Minister at time, Najib Razak, was himself very confident not only of victory that day, but of a two-thirds parliamentary majority win until the end of Polling on May 9, 2018.

But the Malaysian voters, whether in the country or in the Malaysian Diaspora world-wide, made a supreme effort and startled not only Malaysia but the world with a change of government on May 9, 2018.

We are now in the same position in the 15GE.

The UMN0/BN coalition believes that they are in the lead but the decision is not in their hands, but in the hands of the Malaysian voters in the country and worldwide – whether we start anew by a reset and a return to the original nation-building principles for a plural society, or we become a kleptocracy, kakistocracy and a failed and divided state by Malaysia’s Centennial in another four decades.

I am 81 years old and have devoted 57 years of my life in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream – a Malaysia where there is freedom, justice and a good life for all Malaysians, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans.

Whether we are Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans or Ibans, whether we are Muslism, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists or Christians, we sacrificed and shed tears, sweat and life for the same goal – to ensure that our children and children’s children have a better life than ourselves.

I will not be around on Malaysia’s Centennial but I will go all out to pursue the Malaysian Dream until my last breath.

Although I am not in the front-line of politics, I will devote every ounce of my energy in the cause of the Malaysian Dream, starting with the objective to make Anwar Ibrahim the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia to begin the process of Malaysian national healing and renewal so that we can become a world-class great plural nation and not a kleptocracy, kakistocracy, a failed and rogue state on Malaysia’s Centennial.

This is what the 15GE on 19th November 2022 is all about – about the future of Malaysia and not to save leaders of UMNO and BN from being charged in court and go to jail!

Like most Malaysians, I am disappointed that the 22-month Pakatan Harapan could not do more – but it is impossible to achieve in 22 months what we wanted to do in five years.

We never expected to be betrayed by the Sheraton Move conspiracy.

But have the 22-month Pakatan Harapan government been a total failure. If so, Najib will not be in jail now and UMNO and BN leaders in fear of being charged for corruption and going to jail

We must renew our hope for a better Malaysia and let us do it on Nov. 19, 2022!

Lim Kit Siang DAP Veteran