Pas needs to form al­liances to do well in GE14, say an­a­lysts

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas will not per­form well in the gen­eral elec­tion if they do not form an al­liance with an­other party, po­lit­i­cal pun­dits said yes­ter­day.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dr Mohd Az­izud­din Mohd Sani from Univer­siti Utara Malaysia said Pas would likely lose sev­eral seats if they chose to stand alone in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion.

“Per­haps, Pas can form an al­liance with Barisan Nasional. They could be­come an of­fi­cial mem­ber of BN or work with BN with­out join­ing the coali­tion.

“This will make BN strong and it has a good chance of win­ning the GE14.

“I think Pas should join BN to have more bar­gain­ing power within BN. Oth­er­wise, their role is lim­ited,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Az­izud­din said the op­po­si­tion coali­tion was suf­fer­ing from a weak ma­chin­ery and de­clin­ing sup­port among the Malays.

“But to win the elec­tion, we be­lieve in the peo­ple’s power. So, the op­po­si­tion still has a chance to sur­prise if they have and em­ploy the cor­rect in­gre­di­ents to win the GE14.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian from Univer­siti Sains Malaysia, said Pas’ move to sever ties with PKR would re­sult in more three-cor­nered fights in GE14.

He said de­spite Pas’ in­sis­tence to go it alone, it would re­main friendly with Umno and BN, as ev­i­dent dur­ing the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by-elec­tions last year.

“I don’t think Pas should join BN. They need to avoid any protests from their loyal mem­bers. Also, Umno wants to avoid any face-offs with other BN com­po­nent par­ties.”

Si­va­mu­ru­gan said BN should see the break­ing of ties be­tween Pas and PKR as an op­por­tu­nity to strengthen its ma­chin­ery and keep its own house in or­der.

He said Pakatan Hara­pan, mean­while, needed to go back to the draw­ing board and de­vise new strate­gies to de­feat Pas and BN.

Po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Dr Muham­mad Fuad Oth­man said Pas would not be able to re­tain its ur­ban seats with­out form­ing an al­liance with other par­ties.

Pas of­fi­cially sev­ered ties with PKR on Thurs­day for breach­ing con­di­tions of their tahaluf siyasi.

Pro­fes­sor Dr Mohd Az­izud­din Mohd Sani

Pro­fes­sor Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian

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