Malaysia GE13: PM Najib insists opposition misled Chinese
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak insisted that the opposition has misled the Chinese into voting for Pakatan Rakyat (PR), two days after he was criticised for blaming his coalition's electoral losses on a "Chinese tsunami".
He said the opposition, particularly the Democratic Action Party - one of the key parties - has given the impression to the Chinese voters that they could change the government if they voted for the opposition.
"The Chinese were taken for a good ride," Mr Najib said at a packed press conference on Tuesday.
"It is a big lie to the Chinese that they could change the government by supporting the opposition."
The BN coalition formed the federal government after winning in the May 5 elections but at 133 parliamentary seats, it was fewer than in 2008 and was BN's worst showing so far.
Mr Najib has blamed the poor showing on swing of Chinese votes to the opposition, calling it a "Chinese tsunami".
He has also dismissed news reports that said the swing was also seen among Malay voters, saying that the BN had actually won more Malay rural seats.
"We have facts that our Malay support base has strengthened."