Op­po­si­tion could win if they agree on straight fight: An­a­lyst


PETALING JAYA: The Op­po­si­tion has a de­cent chance of tak­ing over the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in the 14th gen­eral elec­tion if they agree to oneon-one con­tests for all seats.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof Madya Dr Mohd Az­izud­din Mohd Sani of Univer­siti Utara Malaysia said all par­ties would have to put aside their dif­fer­ences and be more than will­ing to col­lab­o­rate with one another if they are to de­feat Barisan Na­sional (BN).

“The chance is there. Even in the last GE, they won by pop­u­lar vote. That shows they have a chance of win­ning,” he said when con­tacted yes­ter­day.

He was com­ment­ing on Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) pro-tem pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin’s pro­posed co­op­er­a­tion be­tween his party, PAS and Pakatan Hara­pan to en­sure straight fights against BN.

Mohd Az­izud­din said the big­gest con­cern was to get PAS and its splinter party Amanah to rec­on­cile and ne­go­ti­ate be­tween them on the Malay seats they would con­test in.

“I think it would be very tough to rec­on­cile. And now with PPBM, they would re­ally need to sit to­gether and com­pro­mise,” he said.

Echo­ing Mohd Az­izud­din’s sen­ti­ment that the op­po­si­tion could knock BN off its perch, As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Azmi Sharom of Univer­siti Malaya how­ever be­lieved the chances of all the par­ties agree­ing to a two-way bat­tle is un­likely to hap­pen.

He said this was due to the bit­ter re­la­tion­ship be­tween PAS and Pakatan Hara­pan mem­bers DAP and Amanah.

“I don’t think PAS even wants BN to lose. If you look at the way things are un­fold­ing, PAS seems to be very friendly with Umno lately. They have also alien­ated them­selves from the op­po­si­tion mem­bers.”

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