PAS the king maker

PAS the king maker

PKR Deputy President Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s statement – surprisingly released under his Ministry – Minister of Economic Affairs today that he supports PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s call for Mahathir to be allowed a full term made me now believe that PAS is indeed the current kingmaker in the country’s political turmoil.

Why do I say that?

One, Azmin having lost his support within PH and a huge segment of PKR to be the next Prime Minister has now resorted to PAS to gain back support. His statement could also indicate that he would be able to foster Malay Unity and Malay support, which PH is struggling to make headway.

Two, UMNO at least the majority have decided not to adhere to Mahathir’s call seeking the opposition to join him to unite the Malay parties. UMNO decision is mainly based because they now see PAS as their potential lifeline and not Mahathir’s Bersatu. UMNO sees PAS as their key ally and winning partner in their roadmap to victory in PRU15. This can be seen in the recent by-elections when they have stood as a team.

Three, MCA see themselves to be important to be with the BN in order so that they can counter balance PAS influence.

Four, MIC has recently took a position that PAS is not a radical as made up to be while Saravanan has said in parliament that if DAP can previously work with PAS, he doesn’t see why now MIC cannot work with them.

Five, The huge ICERD rally on December 8, last year was testimony of PAS huge support and mobilisation which at one time was utilised by BERSIH to fight for free election during BN era.

With all this at place, it seems that PAS could actually dictate Malaysian politics since PH is seen as unable to get their act together.

PH component parties are busy fighting each other and trying to score points rather than focusing on issues confronting the rakyat.

For PH with friends like that, you don’t need enemies. This can be reflected in how the number one and two in the biggest ruling party – PKR behaves.

S Arutchelvan is PSM deputy chairman.

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