State election key indicator of 14th general election — Lim
Lim (sixth left) and Chong (eighth left) are seen with some of the veteran members who received tokens of appreciation from the party.
KUCHING: The results of the upcoming 11th state election will be a key indicator of the 14th general election.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) adviser Lim Kit Siang said DAP Sarawak will enter the fourth stage of challenges in the party’s history since it began in 1978.
“This 11th state election will be a prelude to the general election in 2018 and this will be the biggest challenge for Sarawak,” he said during DAP’s fundraising dinner on Friday.
“Thirty-eight years is not a short time and DAP will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. These are all the challenges and obstacles that we need to face especially in the upcoming state election. You will decide the direction of our country. This state election to spur, impact and influence change in the next general election.”
Meanwhile, state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jien praised the state government for seeking greater autonomy but pointed out the importance of equality for all people.
“This way the people can have a better standard of livelihood in order for the state and country to progress and prosper,” he said.
He questioned the leadership of Barisan Nasional (BN) from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“Adenan is now perceived by the people as a good person but he is still under the BN, which is a corrupt party. He cannot change the country alone,” Chong claimed.
Tokens of appreciation were later presented to 29 veteran and pioneer DAP Sarawak members.