How Kit Siang’s untimely reiteration of non-Malays can be PM contributes to wider resentment among Kemaman folks

UNDOUBTEDLY, HarakahahDaily heaped many praises on the victory of Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (Dr Sam) in the Kemaman parliamentary by-election with a bigger majority of 10,041 as a sign of rejection to the unity government made up by the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) alliance.

One of the darndest justifications is that by Central PAS committee member Dr Riduan Mohamad Nor who counted the timing of retired DAP supremo Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang reiterating his personal stance of the Federal Constitution not barring non-Malays from becoming a Malaysian PM on the eve of Saturday’s (Nov 2) by-election as a one of the contributing factors.

“The most heart-breaking issue for the Malays was the issue of non-Malays holding the Prime Minister’s (PM) post which failed to learn from the 1987 coup of Major (Sitiveni) Rabuka in Fiji in 1987,” opined Riduan who is also PAS’ LESTARI chairman.

“The fatal mistake of the BN-PH coalition was Kit Siang’s action who on the eve of the by-election (Dec 1) uploaded a Facebook post that non-Muslims can be Malaysian PM. Such message provoked emotions (of the Malays) as fast as lightening would strike in various chat groups of the WhatsApp application.”

Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang

Riduan further echoed “how allergic the Malays are to DAP which is the most dominant party in Anwar’s (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) government”. “DAP has still not backed down from the Malaysian Malaysia struggle despite such attitude having forever hurts the feelings of the Malays,” he contended.

“The 1967 Setapak Declaration has not been cancelled by DAP while the Penang state government gets a very large allocation from Anwar’s administration when the same is not applicable to the Malay belt states.”

Apart from Kit Siang, Riduan named three other factors that could be contributing factors to Dr Sam’s victory by even a bigger margin in the Kemaman by-election as:

  • The formidable state of PAS Terengganu election machinery that had been mobilised two months earlier to ensure victory with a comfortable majority;
  • How the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is seen as dragging Malaysia towards a failed state with rising vice activities and misdemeanours which include the issue of alcohol sales at retail stores in the Klang Valley, hedonism concerts and the culture of promiscuous sex which has become a commonplace; and
  • The strategy of capitalising on the stature, competency and leadership aura of Dr Sam who is also the PAS vice-president as PAS’ candidate for the Kemaman by-election. – Dec 4, 2023

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