Pas per­formed poorly in past elec­tions when it con­tested alone, says for­mer PM

New Straits Times - - News - TUN DR MA­HATHIR MO­HAMAD


KUALA LUMPUR wern.jun@nst.com.my

TUN Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad said Pas’ de­ci­sion to dis­tance the party from the Pakatan Hara­pan pact is to weaken the Malays.

The for­mer prime min­is­ter said both Pakatan and Pas stood to lose out to Barisan Na­sional if Pas in­sisted on con­test­ing on its own in the next gen­eral elec­tion.

“This has al­ways been Pas’ goal. It has never been about race or re­li­gion; it is to weaken the Malays,” he said on his blog on Tues­day.

Dr Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man, said Pas and Pakatan would still suf­fer at the polls even if there was a Pas-Umno elec­toral pact.

He said the Pas ulama worked hard to le­git­imise its co­op­er­a­tion with DAP when the two par­ties were in then Barisan Al­ter­natif, an op­po­si­tion pact which also in­cluded PKR, to face the 1999 elec­tion.

He said Pas then formed a tahaluf siyasi with DAP for the 1999 elec­tion.

“Tahaluf siyasi means po­lit­i­cal co­op­er­a­tion in English. The Qu­ranic text does not de­ter­mine whether or not the co­op­er­a­tion is le­git­i­mate.

“Pas’ use of the Ara­bic language was merely to show that the co­op­er­a­tion with DAP was al­lowed by Is­lam.”

How­ever, Dr Ma­hathir said when Pas was in BN in the 1974 elec­tion, it co­op­er­ated with Umno and other BN com­po­nent par­ties.

“Pas had per­formed poorly in the past elec­tions when it con­tested alone, but did bet­ter when it had al­lies,” he said.

For ex­am­ple, he said, in the first elec­tion af­ter Merdeka in 1959, Pas only won 13 par­lia­men­tary seats out of the 104 it con­tested.

“It man­aged to win in Ke­lan­tan and Tereng­ganu though,” he said.

Af­ter that, he said Pas was faced with an in­ter­nal con­flict that led to the col­lapse of the Tereng­ganu gov­ern­ment, which was later gov­erned by the Al­liance, a pre­cur­sor to BN.

“Pas failed to do well in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 elec­tions and its per­for­mance de­te­ri­o­rated.”

Dr Ma­hathir said Pas then part­nered with the now de­funct Parti Me­layu Se­man­gat 46, and won seven par­lia­men­tary seats in each of the 1990 and 1995 elec­tions.

“But the re­al­ity is that when Pas co­op­er­ated with DAP in Barisan Al­ter­natif, Pas’ vic­tory in­creased to 27 in 1999.

“In 2004, when DAP pulled out from Barisan Al­ter­natif, Pas was left with only seven seats,” he said, adding that Pas won 23 and 21 par­lia­men­tary seats in 2008 and 2013, re­spec­tively.

Based on this track record, Dr Ma­hathir said it was likely that Pas would not change its stand to be on its own in the next elec­tion.

“Pas may look like it is con­test­ing against Umno, but it is ac­tu­ally hand­ing a vic­tory to Umno,” he said.

Pas had per­formed poorly in past elec­tions when it con­tested alone, but did bet­ter when it had al­lies.

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