PH needs 40 seats from East M’sia to change govt

KUCHING: DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang is counting on Sarawak and Sabah to deliver 40 seats for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to take over the government.

According to his analysis,  PH only needs a 10 per cent swing in the Malay votes and 5 per cent swing in non-Malay votes to win in Peninsular Malaysia in the coming general election.

With the swings, he said BN would end up with 50 seats and PAS, two seats while PH would be holding 113 seats.

Expressing PH’s hope to obtain 60 to 65 per cent of the total seats to make up a two-thirds majority, he said for that to happen depended on Sabah and Sarawak.

“One-hundred-and-forty-nine (149) seats are required to change the government. Can we count on Sarawak and Sabah for 40 seats?” he asked the audience during the ‘Ceramah Bersama Rakyat’ gathering held at BDC, Kuching last night.

Describing Sarawak and Sabah as key to change, he challenged the voters in Sarawak and Sabah to deliver 40 seats to the opposition coalition made up of DAP, PKR and Amanah for the coming general election.

Lim who is Gelang Patah MP, said though the opposition coalition received total support of 53 per cent across the nation in the last general election, the ruling coalition which only obtained 47 per cent of support from total voters still managed to rule.

He said it was done because the ruling coalition held 68 per cent of the parliamentary seats.

There are in total 222 parliamentary seats. Sarawak has 31 seats while Sabah, 28.

In the last general election, state BN lost six seats which are all Chinese majority seats.