Umno-Pas pact may work, but will not help Umno re­turn to its for­mer glory, say ex­perts

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THE Umno-Pas pact will not re­turn Umno to its for­mer glory although it may gain sup­port from the peo­ple. Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dr Jayum Jawan said although Umno could gain mileage through the pact, such an out­come would de­pend on the wis­dom of its party lead­ers.

“Umno may make a come­back, but it will not re­turn to its for­mer glory.

“This is be­cause the party is com­mit­ting it­self to a pact, but stand­ing in a weak­ened po­si­tion.

“It is pos­si­ble that the pact will only show­case (Umno’s) des­per­a­tion and de­sire to find a shortcut to power.

“Such a sit­u­a­tion or an out­come will be the same if Umno chooses to work with other par­ties, not just Pas,” he said yes­ter­day.

Univer­siti Malaya’s As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi said it would be bet­ter if such a co­op­er­a­tion ex­cluded the in­volve­ment of MIC and MCA.

“MCA has al­ready dis­tanced it­self from Umno, which it re­gards as a bag­gage that weighs down its re­ju­ve­na­tion ef­forts.

“Umno, too, does not feel the need to have MCA around since the lat­ter has only one par­lia­men­tary seat and with it, of­fers no po­lit­i­cal bar­gain­ing chip.

“As for MIC, it won only two par­lia­men­tary seats, which means that it is not ready to work with other par­ties out­side Barisan Na­sional.

“Both MCA and MIC hold no bar­gain­ing power against Umno, which has 54 par­lia­men­tary seats.

“I fore­see that BN will be gone from the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal radar if Umno is the only party with the ma­jor­ity of seats in the coali­tion.”

Geostrate­gi­cal ex­pert As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Azmi Has­san said Umno-Pas pact could change the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

“It is clear that in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion, al­most 75 per cent of Malay votes went to both par­ties.”

An­a­lyst Pro­fes­sor Dr Si­va­mu­ru­gan Pan­dian said the pres­ence of Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi at Pas’ 64th Muk­ta­mar on Satur­day showed ef­forts by both par­ties to ma­te­ri­alise their pact.

“This is not the first time both par­ties were com­mit­ted to a cause. They used to work to­gether in 1974 to 1978.

“The co­op­er­a­tion should not be done hastily as it needs party mem­bers’ views and in­put to pre­vent it from be­ing short­lived.”

Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia Eth­nic Stud­ies In­sti­tute deputy di­rec­tor As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Kar­tini Aboo Talib@Khalid be­lieved that the Umno-Pas pact would gar­ner the Malays’ sup­port and be po­lit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant.

“It must be re­mem­bered that the pop­u­la­tion ma­jor­ity is held by the Malays be­cause Umno has the big­gest share of par­lia­men­tary seats.”

Pro­fes­sor Dr Jayum Jawan

As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Dr Awang Az­man Awang Pawi

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