Following post-election analysis of Ijok, several prominent leaders have voiced out their opinions. This time we have Tun Mahathir's comment on the topic of Chinese swing vote.
KOTA BARU: Chinese voters in the country are strategic-minded people, unlike the Malays who tended to vote along party lines and based on raw sentiment.
This, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was partly the reason why there was reportedly a small swing of Chinese voters towards the Opposition in the last two by-elections.
Using his experiences in 1969 as an example, Dr Mahathir said that he lost in the South Kota Setar parliamentary seat because the Chinese supported PAS more as they feared his supposed reputation as an ultra-Malay.
“I know the Chinese dislike PAS, especially with their political ideology of wanting an Islamic country and so on so forth. Still, the Chinese voted for it because they disliked my reputation as an ultra. It was a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea and the Chinese made me the devil,” Dr Mahathir said after delivering a talk on “Malay Leadership in a Globalised Era” at the Grand Riverview Hotel.
The talk was organised by the Kelantan People’s Action Council (MTRK) headed by Datuk Paduka Ibrahim Ali, where among those present were MTRK patron Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, former Kok Lanas MP Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad and former mentri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Yaakop.
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