KUCHING, Sept 30: Malaysians still have the chance to elect their governments through the democratic process of general election and state elections which are expected to be held soon.
This is the view of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Batu Kitang branch chief Abdul Aziz Isa.
He said in the 14th General Election (GE14), 12,299,514 (82.32 per cent) out of 14,940,624 registered voters had cast their votes.
Out of this, 5,799,158 (48 per cent) had voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).
On the other hand, 4,080,797 voted for Barisan Nasional (BN) and while the remaining 2,041,186 voted for Pan-Malaysian Islamic Front (PAS).
Despite all obstacles, he said that PH and Warisan managed to secure a simple majority to capture Putrajaya with a total of 121 seats.
“This was the first time in Malaysian political history that the people’s mandate was rightfully given to the opposition through a democratic process,” said Abdul Aziz in a press statement.
Unfortunately, he said, the democratically elected federal government led by PH and Warisan was unable to retain the people’s mandate in a political move called the ‘Sheraton Move’.
“As a right-thinking citizen, is this the proper way to form a government? Is this a democratically elected government that received the people’s mandate?”
To him, if the answer were to be “no”, then Malaysians “still have the chance to use their rights as an eligible voter to overthrow” the present government.
“The only way the right-thinking Malaysians can do this is through the democratic process which the general and state elections which is expected to be held soon,” he said.
Meanwhile, in conjunction with Mid-Autumn Festival, Abdul Aziz who is also DAP Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen special assistant also took the opportunity to distribute 500 mooncakes to local hawkers and visitors at Third Mile Bazaar. — DayakDaily