Kit Siang: BN’s popular vote could have been lower

Yiswaree Palansamy
An election volunteer pastes sheets of paper on glass windows a day before the 14th general election at a polling station in Alor Setar May 8, 2018. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang said today that Barisan Nasional (BN) would not have secured its low popular vote of 33.9 per cent had its voters realised their ballots would be used as a lifeline for alleged kleptocracy.

In a statement today, the DAP parliamentary leader said that it would have also been an uphill task for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to educate and win back voters, had the coalition lost the election.

“In the 14th general election, Pakatan Harapan secured 48.3 per cent of the popular vote, while Barisan Nasional secured 33.9 per cent and PAS 16.6 per cent of the popular vote.

“However, I do not believe that 33.9 per cent of the popular vote which supported Barisan Nasional, in particular Umno, candidates would have done so if they fully understood that their vote would be regarded as a vote for Malaysia continuing as a global kleptocracy and the slew of abuses and excesses of power under the Najib premiership,” Lim said, referring to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Lim added that he also believed that PAS too would not have received any votes, if Malaysians realised their votes would be used to allegedly shore up Najib as prime minister.

Calculations show that the BN coalition hit a record low in its electoral performances by winning just over one-third of votes when it lost power for the first time in history on May 9.

BN won a precarious 51.38 per cent of the popular vote in Election 2008, before losing it in Election 2013 at 47.37 per cent — its lowest ever then since Election 1969.