DAP is not only aiming to become the replacement for MCA & Gerakan but also the local Chinese/EM non-muslim Native-based parties in Sabah & Sarawak, namely PBS, UPKO, LDP, SAPP, PBRS, SUPP, SNAP, STAR..etc in the coming election.
People are pushing DAP higher than they ever had but will they able to sustain and convince the opposition parties to rally behind them, remains the crucial question. DAP must take note that in Sabah & Sarawak, the people in the region have the unfinished matter to settle first, that is the fulfillment of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, and the subsequent woes going with it.
DAP, being West Malaysia-based, has disadvantageous to champion for the East Malaysian on this long overdue critical issue which currently BN government is now feverishly trying to resolve.
Misunderstanding and lack of knowledge of the true history of East Malaysian states in Malaysia is the main problem facing all the West Malaysian notably political parties from there.