How Anwar’s unity gov’t can prove the “green wave” is a misnomer in upcoming state polls

IS IT possible for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government to make a breakthrough in the six state general elections in August?

I think that it is not only feasible but the likely result although political parties in the Anwar unity government must not take things for granted or fall between two stools – over-optimism of victory in Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan and over-pessimism of defeat in Kelantan, Terengganu and Kedah.

One objective of the Anwar unity government is to demonstrate that the so-called “green wave” in the 15th parliamentary elections was a misnomer that it was built on lies, falsehoods and fake news on the social media.

This is the time for a war of nerves for political coalitions like the Perikatan Nasional (PN) to behave as if they are stronger than before, and that an irresistible and invincible “green wave” would sweep the six state general elections in August and end Anwar’s premiership.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (left) and Tan Sri Hadi Awang

PN leaders from Bersatu and PAS have publicly stated that PN can form the Selangor state government, have 50-50 chance of forming the Negri Sembilan state government, can make gains in Penang, that the Anwar unity government cannot win more than three state assembly seats in Kedah, and that PN will sweep all the state assembly seats in Kelantan and Terengganu.

All that is needed to prove that the so-called “green wave” is a misnomer is for the Anwar unity government to retain the state governments of Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan with two-third majorities, and to win more than three seats in Kedah and “break the egg” by winning at least one seat each in Kelantan and Terengganu.

For Penang, Selangor and Negri Sembilan, the three state governments must go on a “war footing” to repel PN’s attempts to win the state governments of Selangor and Negri Sembilan.

The PN position in the three states run by PAS are not invincible. I hold optimistic view that political parties in the Anwar unity government can win more than three seats in Kedah and “break the egg” in both Kelantan and Terengganu.

For the first time in the history of Malaysia, the six state general elections will have a bearing on national politics and decide whether Anwar can survive five years as the 10th Prime Minister (PM) or whether Malaysia will have a new PM in either Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or Tan Sri Hadi Awang.

Malaysia needs Anwar to be PM not for five years but for at least 10 years for the Malaysian Dream to be realised – that Malaysia to be an example to the world in “unity in diversity” and a global role model of inter-ethnic, inter-religious, inter-cultural and inter-civilisation dialogue, understanding, tolerance and harmony.

Lim Kit Siang

This is the last chance to save Malaysia from being a second-rate mediocre country and deteriorating further to become a third-class failed state like Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe by Malaysia Centennial in 2057.

We must recognise that Malaysia is in deep trouble, reflected from the value of our Malaysian ringgit when we were one ringgit to one Singapore dollar in 1965 but which has devalued to one Singapore dollar to 3.40 ringgit.

Is it because Singapore has more talents and skills than Malaysia? It cannot be so because Singapore is great today because of Malaysian talents and skills who have gone to the island republic to make a living!

Why can’t they stay in Malaysia to make Malaysia great and to realise the Malaysian Dream for all Malaysians regardless of race, religion or region? – May 30, 2023


Retired DAP supremo and former Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang, 82, has a colourful political career spanning 57 years.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.


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