PENANG, 6 Feb 2009: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng challenged the Barisan Nasional (BN) to hold a snap election in Perak to show who commands the majority in the state.
Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister, said power should be given to the people to elect a government that would lead Perak, as was the case in the general election in 2008.
“We leave it to the people to determine everything. As it is, it appears that we are watching a movie where manipulation has led to a transfer of power which is not valid in terms of the law,” he told reporters at his office, here today.
He said this when asked to comment on a statement by Education Minister and Umno Youth head Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who was confident that the transfer of power in Perak could spread to three other states which are still ruled by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition. These three other states are Kedah, Selangor and Penang.
“Hold a fresh election and we will see whether he could wrest the state or otherwise. If he is truly a gentleman, I urge him to dissolve the Perak state assembly and we fight it out in Perak,” he said.
Lim described the BN government formed in Perak now as invalid as it did not get the full mandate of the people.
“[Pakatan Rakyat] has 54% support while the BN has 46%. Which democracy states that the minority can rule the majority?” he said. — Bernama