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16 Mei 2011

DAP MAY BECOME DOMINANT PARTY, WARNS GHANI


TANGKAK: DAP will be the new dominant party if the loose opposition grouping manages to wrest power in the next general election, Johor Umno chief Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said.

He said the basic strategy in pursuing this goal was to split the Malay vote.

He added that the complicity of PKR and Pas in breaking up the Malay vote bank could be seen in past elections where they were dependent on the Malays being split and focused instead on getting the bulk of votes from among the non-Malays.

"As can be observed during the Tenang by-election, Pas could only hope for a fraction of the Malay votes while banking on their "fixed deposits" which were those won for them by DAP from other communities in town areas, he said.

Ghani, who was speaking at the opening of the Ledang Umno division meeting yesterday, said the constant vilifying of Umno was part of the strategy and seems to be working well with the level of Malay unity currently being at its lowest level.

"DAP's strength seems to be on the rise, with the party winning the bulk of support from other communities as could be seen in past by-elections and the recent Sarawak election.

"Their allies are now dependent on them to win the non-Malay votes and this will continue to be the case in the coming general election.

"They will have to return the favour to DAP once they manage to form the next Federal Government."

Ghani added that once DAP was in power at the federal level, it would push for changes to the basic policies on matters such as the economy and education, much to the detriment of the Malays.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah, who declared open the meeting, said the country could not afford the upheaval which would follow such change of policies.
SOURCE: NST, MAY 16, 2011

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