The Opposition has the potential to snatch over 45 seats currently controlled by the Barisan Nasional (BN) anchor party in the next general elections, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said.
The protem president of the newest Umno rebel group Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia said his forecast was based on a simulation of the polls conducted by “experts” he had picked, news portal Malaysiakini reported today.
“In a simulation conducted by experts that I appointed, if there is a 4 per cent swing, 45 seats will fall.
“A majority of those seats belong to Umno,” Muhyiddin was quoted saying in his speech at Sabak Bernam in Selangor last night.
The report did not mention if Muhyiddin had provided further details of the simulation to substantiate his assertion.
The Pagoh MP was also reported to stress on the necessity of the Opposition parties to unite and ensure straight fights against the BN coalition if it wanted to wrest Putrajaya.
Muhyiddin was expelled from Umno earlier this year after his open criticism against the leadership of party president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Last month, he set up Parti Pribumi together with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as chairman and several other government dissenters to take on Umno in their rural constituencies in the next national elections due in 2018.
The party has yet to be officially recognised by the Registrar of Societies.
The Malay Mail Online