SHAH ALAM, May 2 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dubbed
Lim Kit Siang “an extremist racist”, saying last night
the DAP strongman was trying to sway the Chinese to hate
the Malays in a bid to shore up support ahead of the May
5 general election.
Speaking before a Malay crowd here, the former prime
minister said Lim and the DAP have been “poisoning”
Chinese minds in the polls campaign by telling them the
community are victims of discrimination by a Malay
“I will say it out as vocal as possible. Lim Kit Siang
is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is a racist. Lim Kit Siang is
an extremist racist,” the country’s longest-serving
prime minister told a crowd of about 3,000 adoring
Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters.
“Why am I calling Lim Kit Siang a racist? It’s because
he has gone to contest in Gelang Patah where the
majority there are Chinese. There, he will persuade the
Chinese to hate the Malays,” he said
The Chinese form the majority in Gelang Patah at 52 per
cent followed by the Malays and Indians at 34 per cent
and 12 per cent respectively. There are 106,726
registered voters there for Election 2013.
Lim faces four-term incumbent Johor Mentri Besar Datuk
Abdul Ghani Othman in the fight for the federal seat.
Dr Mahathir claimed the Chinese have enjoyed political
and economic freedom under BN rule and dismissed
allegations of racial discrimination.
He pointed out that most of Malaysia’s richest people
are non-Malays, naming tycoons like Tan Sri Ananda
Krishnan and Tan Sri Vincent Tan as examples of BN’s
success in ensuring equitable development among all
“Now if you throw a stone in this group you are sure to
hit one millionaire. A lot of them are Chinese,” he
BN’s lynchpin Umno has constantly tried to paint the DAP
as anti-Malay and anti-Islam as it becomes more
dependent on the Malay votes to keep federal power in
light of dwindling Chinese support.
Previously, Dr Mahathir had written on his blog,
chedet.cc, that a Lim win in Gelang Patah would result
in racial clashes that would ruin the existing
co-operation between the Malay majority and the Chinese
He also pointed out that unlike the DAP, BN’s senior
ally the MCA was supported by the Chinese, Malays and
Indians in a power-sharing concept he termed “kongsi”
(sharing) that goes back to independence.
Last night, he again explained that it was because of
this power-sharing concept that the Chinese and Indians
have become successful, claiming that under British
rule, the two races were kept poor and prohibited from
pursuing big businesses.
“But now they can have big business… they have enjoyed
the benefits and not only the Malays,” he said.