KUCHING, May 13: The consolidation of voting along racial lines could be dangerous for the future of a multi-racial nation like Malaysia, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.
He cautioned that the end result could be those with majority votes would have political control.
“The political belief or principle that ‘this is our time to administer Malaysia’ must not and should not be entertained by any political organisation nor should politics of ‘dendam’ (revenge) take place,” he said in a statement today.
Hence, Masing said before this voting pattern really evolved and entrenched itself in Malaysia, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government must discourage these behaviours.
In the last four by-elections, for instance, Masing opined that the voting behaviour was clearly along racial lines.
In Sandakan, he opined it was the Democratic Action Party (DAP)’s stronghold. It was their first foothold in Sabah.
“Therefore, I am not surprised they retained it. The increased majority is due, in part, to sympathy votes.
“In Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau, the majority Malays, Barisan Nasional/Umno won,” he pointed out. — DayakDaily