SHAH ALAM: Opposition pact Pakatan Harapan will not fare well in the 14th general election (GE14) without the support of Pas and its loyal followers.
Selangor Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chief Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan said PKR and DAP were no longer strong without Pas’ support.
“The opposition parties will definitely lose without the support of Pas. DAP and PKR saw success in the 2008 and 2013 general elections because they had Pas by their side then.
“Without Pas’ support, majority of Pas voters will no longer vote for the opposition pact. Pas being an older and large party had already established a strong political base in the state,” he told the New Straits Times today.
The opposition pact is made up of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN).
Mat Nadzari also said the fact that Pakatan Harapan finally decided to break away from Pas showed who holds the power in the party.
“It’s funny that at last they (Pakatan Harapan) decided to break away from Pas. PKR has been very adamant to be with Pas. Yet, this happened.
“It shows DAP is sort of the big brother in the party. The other component parties have to kowtow (obey) DAP’s demands.
“PKR and its members seem to be directionless. They don’t even know who is their leader, whether its Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad or its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.”
Regardless of the opposition pact’s internal crisis, Mat Nadzari said BN leaders were focused and would act in accordance with their plan to win back the state.
“We do see a bigger opportunity for BN to win, following the internal crisis and bickering among opposition leaders.
“But we have to remain focussed in our plan and how we are going to execute it instead of discussing the problems and issues in the opposition coalition.”
Meanwhile, Selangor Umno information chief Datuk Zein Isma Ismail said Pas’ absence in the opposition pact would only weaken Pakatan Harapan’s position and chance of winning GE14.
“The opposition coalition needs Pas to win the GE14, since Pas has a large number of Malay supporters.”
He also said Anwar’s move of wanting to mend ties with Pas showed Anwar’s lack of confidence in PAN to attract Malay voters.
“Although PAN leaders were once Pas members, DAP has more control and influence in the party,” he added.
Pas had formally cut ties with PKR in May this year to defend the party’s agenda.
Pas stated that PKR had failed to support Pas’ Islamic agenda such as the Private Member’s Bill to enhance the Syariah Courts, attacked the Islamist party and made hurtful accusations.
In 2013 general election, the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat won a total of 44 state seats to continue helming the state government. Pas and DAP held 15 seats each, while PKR 14.
However, political turmoil in the state has since seen changes, with Pas today left with 13 seats, DAP (14) and PKR (13).