Another Ten Fundamental Demands and Aspirations of the Voters of Repah in the Repah by-election

Speech -Repah by-eelction Dinner
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya, Monday): The Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar, Tan Sri Mohamad Isa and MCA leaders have publicly declared their confidence not only in retaining the Repah state assembly seat, but in winning with a majority bigger than in the April 1995 general elections.

In the 1995 general elections, the Barisan Nasional won Repah state assembly seat with a 2,791-vote majority.

This means that if Barisan Nasional secure a majority not more than 2,791 votes, the Barisan Nasional has already lost because the boasts of Mohd Isa and the MCA leaders have been debunked.

However, the DAP and the voters of Repah should not be content to prove Mohamad Isa and the MCA leaders wrong when they claim that they would win Repah, a Class 1 stronghold of the Barisan Nasional, with an even bigger majority than two years ago.

DAP has called on the people of Repah to create a "political earthquake" in the by-election with the three-fold objective of nationally, to demand that the Barisan Nasional government must clean, fair and people-oriented in its policies and programmes; at the state level, to send a clear message to Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that the time has come for Negri Sembilan to have a new Mentri Besar to restore public confidence in the state government as one which is fair, just and transparent; and at local level, to send out a clear signal that Repah wants full development attention of both the Federal and state governments.

The Barisan Nasional victory yesterday in the Sarawak by-election of Kemena - which is in a politically seismic zone - with Datuk Celestine Ujang winning with a 5,471-vote majority after securing 6,928 votes against 1,457 votes cast for DAP candidate Chiew Chiu Sing, is evidence that it is not easy to generate a political earthquake in a politically non-seismic area like Repah.

However, Teluk Intan has shown that political miracles are still possible at this age and time, and it is not completely impossible for a political earthquake to take place in Repah on polling day on Thursday - although the odds are one in a million.

Repah voters of all races should collectively create this "political earthquake" and make a great contribution to the realisation of a more mature democracy and a good government, whether at national or state level.

In addition to the Ten Fundamental Demands and Aspirations yesterday, the voters of Repah should present another ten fundamental demands and aspirations on behalf of all Malaysians - which should be known as the Repah 20-Points:


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong