GE14 lit­mus test for Pas

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion will serve as Pas’s first lit­mus test fol­low­ing its “po­lit­i­cal di­vorce” with PKR and, in ef­fect, with Pakatan par­ties.

Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits have pre­dicted that the Is­lamic party may be headed to­wards un­cer­tainty as it has no other es­tab­lished po­lit­i­cal party in its camp.

Pas will lead the Ga­gasan Se­jahtera pact, which com­prises the Is­lamic party and Parti Ikatan Bangsa Malaysia (Ikatan). It is also look­ing at form­ing a po­lit­i­cal un­der­stand­ing with two other par­ties for GE14 — Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) and Barisan Je­maah Is­lamiah Se-Malaysia (Ber­jasa).

Pas cen­tral work­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Datuk Khairud­din Aman Razali At-Takiri said de­spite the chal­lenges, the party was con­fi­dent that it could take over Se­lan­gor, Tereng­ganu, Kedah and Perlis, aside from re­tain­ing Ke­lan­tan.

Speak­ing to the New Sun­day Times, Khairud­din dis­missed claims by an­a­lysts that Pas had a lot to lose should it stay on its own, say­ing that the party had strong sup­port from its al­lies and grass­roots.

“Our grass­roots are dif­fer­ent from other par­ties be­cause they chan­nel in­for­ma­tion to us di­rectly which gives us an ad­van­tage. This re­search has been done since the end of the last gen­eral elec­tion, so we know which seats we can win and which seats we can’t.

“And, who says we’re alone? We have Ga­gasan Se­jahtera and we don’t re­ally need the oth­ers. We will stay with Ga­gasan and more non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions will be join­ing us to­gether with PCM and Ber­jasa.”

The Kuala Nerus mem­ber of par­lia­ment said Pas was more than ready to lead a coali­tion, claim­ing that this would not be its first.

He said when Pas formed a pact with then Parti Ne­gara in 1955, it was the Is­lamic party that led the coali­tion, and in the 1990s, the party also worked with the nowde­funct Se­man­gat 46 in Angkatan Per­pad­uan Ummah.

On Thurs­day, Pas of­fi­cially ended its 18 years of co­op­er­a­tion with PKR. An­a­lysts have said this could lead to more mul­ti­cornered fights in GE14.

This, they said, could be ad­van­ta­geous to Barisan Na­sional, with some pre­dict­ing that Pas could end up as the big­gest loser.

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