Tougher go­ing for Pakatan Hara­pan


PO­LIT­I­CAL an­a­lyst Tang Ah Chai says if Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) com­po­nent par­ties fail to come to a con­sen­sus on seat al­lo­ca­tion or en­gage PAS to play a com­ple­men­tary role, the coali­tion will have prob­lems re­peat­ing the big win it achieved in the last two elec­tions, even if snap polls are held.

He told Sin Chew Daily in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day that the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of con­stituen­cies clearly favours Barisan Na­sional (BN).

The good thing about a snap state elec­tion for PH is that the old state con­stituency list would still be used, he pointed out, in ref­er­ence to the call on Sun­day by DAP stal­wart Lim Kit Siang for Se­lan­gor to hold snap polls, which Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali said was not nec­es­sary.

“If a snap elec­tion is held, PH’s great­est chal­lenge will be to get PAS to play a com­ple­men­tary role,” said Tang.

In the 2013 gen­eral elec­tion, PAS won 15 of the 56 seats up for grabs to emerge the big­gest win­ner along­side its then Pakatan Rakyat part­ner DAP.

“Any move by PAS to team up with Umno to cre­ate straight fights with PH will pose a tremen­dous threat to the state’s gov­ern­ing coali­tion,” added Tang.

He said even if PAS chooses to take on Umno and PH in three-cor­nered fights, BN will still be the ul­ti­mate win­ner.

“PAS may not nec­es­sar­ily win in a three­cornered fight, but it will surely split PH’s votes to al­low BN to emerge the win­ner, as can be seen from the last two by-elec­tions.”

PAS aside, the seat al­lo­ca­tion among PH com­po­nent par­ties and the newly formed Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia, which is forg­ing co­op­er­a­tion with PKR, are fac­tors PH has to con­tend with, said Tang.

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