PAS’ presence in the Selangor Government may make it risky for the Pakatan Harapan coalition to call for snap polls in the state.
Amanah Communications Director Khalid Samad told a press conference at Wisma Amanah today that some “number crunching” is needed before deciding on the matter, as a snap poll, if called, might “backfire”.
Pointing out that PAS had a much larger influence in Selangor than it did in Penang, Khalid, who is also Shah Alam MP, said that the Islamic party must be engaged first to see where it stood on the matter.
Yesterday, DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang suggested snap polls be held in Selangor to gauge the people’s support following the recent re-delineation exercise by the Election Commission, which he claimed had “mangled and butchered” the state map.
Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali had, however, dismissed the need for snap polls, saying he could not betray the “massive” mandate given by the people in 2013.
He had been reported as saying he was mulling legal action against the re-delineation exercise.
Currently, PAS holds 13 of the 56 seats in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.
Sheith Khidhir Bin Abu Bakar