DAP Federal Territories chief Tan Kok Wai today pointed out that he had retained the Cheras parliamentary seat against BN's MCA with increased majority over the last five terms.
"This (increased majority) proves that people acknowledged DAP's contributions, BN couldn't match it.
"This also proves that (people agreed) Barisan Nasional is inept in ruling Kuala Lumpur," the Cheras MP told Malaysiakini when contacted today.
Tan said this when asked for comment on the urging by Federal Territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor this morning for voters to "surprise the DAP" and return the seat to Barisan Nasional in the next 14th general election.
During his speech at the Kenduri 1Wilayah Persekutuan in Pudu Ulu People's Housing Project, Tengku Adnan also claimed that DAP and the federal opposition had failed to address the people's long-standing problems.
In GE13, DAP and PKR had won in nine out of 11 Kuala Lumpur seats against Barisan Nasional, with the exception of Setiawangsa and Titiwangsa, which its former ally PAS lost to Umno.
Commenting further, Tan said the new Pakatan Harapan coalition comprising DAP, PKR and Amanah had pledged to revamp the administration of the Federal Territories - including Putrajaya and Labuan - should it take over Putrajaya in GE14.
"Despite the mayor being empowered to decide on KL's policy, he still has to listen to the FT minister.
"If they (City Hall) don't listen to the minister, either they will be transferred or their contract will not be renewed. This is bad administrative structure," he claimed.
Tan, as such, added that Harapan had pledged to introduce more autonomy via local council elections and also abolish the Federal Territories ministry.
In lambasting DAP, Tengku Adnan had also taken a swipe at BN's Cheras division chief Patrick Sim, asking the latter to step down if he had conceded defeat even before GE14.
When met after his second function today at Bandar Tun Razak, Tengku Adnan however clarified that he was merely issuing a "wake-up" call to all BN's component parties.
"I just want them to wake up, okay?
"I just want them to wake up. I want all the components to wake up," he said when asked whether Umno has plans to contest in the seat that is traditionally MCA's.- Mkini