DAP still controls non-Malay vote despite role in PH collapse

Following the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition's victory in the last general election, key posts were given to Mr Lim Guan Eng (centre) and Mr Gobind Singh Deo (left) of the Democratic Action Party, a component party of PH. These and other moves upset
Following the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition's victory in the last general election, key posts were given to Mr Lim Guan Eng (centre) and Mr Gobind Singh Deo (left) of the Democratic Action Party, a component party of PH. These and other moves upset the Malay community in Malaysia. PHOTO: BERNAMA

The Democratic Action Party's (DAP) designation as the bogeyman for right-wing Malay politicians contributed to the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government last week, but it still controls Malaysia's non-Malay vote and remains the largest party in Parliament.

Both Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) - now members of the country's new ruling coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN) - have for years pushed the narrative that the Chinese-dominated DAP is an anti-Malay party filled with arrogant leaders. This narrative gained ground among the main Malay-Muslim community after DAP was voted in as part of the government for the very first time in the May 2018 General Election, as one of the four member parties of the victorious PH pact.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2020, with the headline 'DAP still controls non-Malay vote despite role in PH collapse'. Subscribe