Hornbill Unleashed

May 12, 2017

Deadline set for GE14 seat talks, but is Pakatan ready to take on PAS?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Khalid Samad says Pakatan Harapan's election strategy will be to shape the GE14 contest as choice between the Opposition pact and Barisan Nasional, as PAS will most likely not have enough seats on its own to become a ‘government.’ — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe four Pakatan Harapan parties have established a timeframe to conclude seat negotiations for the general election that is rumoured to be held this year, ahead of schedule.

Malay Mail Online understands there are also plans underway to distribute the seats PAS had contested in Election 2013 to Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), as the Islamist party has made it clear it wants nothing to do with Pakatan Harapan.

But the issue of seat negotiations, expected to conclude after Hari Raya in June, will likely be a complicated affair due to PKR and PPBM’s refusal to write off PAS entirely as an ally.

DAP and Amanah feel Pakatan Harapan should forge ahead and conclude seat negotiations within the pact and other allies like Parti Warisan Sabah as soon as possible, and leave PAS out of the equation.

PAS seats for Amanah, PPBM

“The current situation is that Pakatan Harapan has four parties. The seats previously contested by PAS will be shared between Amanah and PPBM because now we’ve got four parties instead of three.

“There will be some seats contested by PAS which will be contested by PPBM… the question of the three-cornered fights is something inevitable, we can’t deny (the) possibility it will occur,” Amanah communications director Khalid Samad told Malay Mail Online.

He said Pakatan Harapan’s election strategy will be to shape the GE14 contest as choice between the Opposition pact and Barisan Nasional, as PAS will most likely not have enough seats on its own to become a “government.”

“There might be even some seats which PKR give to PPBM to contest,” the Shah Alam MP said, but quickly stressed that “nothing was finalised yet.”

In Election 2013, PAS contested 73 parliamentary seats. PKR and DAP contested 99 and 51 respectively.

Khalid said that Amanah is hoping to contest 38 to 40 parliamentary seats, including some in Sabah.

“The discussion on seat negotiations is on the way and will carry on probably right throughout this month to the end of Ramadhan, Hopefully to finalise parliamentary and state seats by Raya,” he added.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke confirmed the tentative deadline, saying his party expects negotiations to carry on for another one or two months.

“As far as DAP is concerned, we will only negotiate within the parties in Pakatan Harapan,” he said when asked whether there was still a possibility for PAS to be included in the seat talks.

Loke said that Pakatan Harapan parties will also begin reaching out to their respective state leaders starting next week to canvass for views on whom they wanted to represent the pact on the federal or state level.

(Still) hoping for straight fights

But while DAP and Amanah seem set in cutting off ties with PAS, other allies are still hoping for an electoral pact with the Islamist party.

PAS resolved during its muktamar last month to end its working relationship with PKR, its last quasi-formal link to the opposition pact, although the motion has yet to be adopted by its Syura Council.

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said that his party was still negotiating with PAS with the aim of avoiding multi-cornered fights in GE14.

He said that PKR is the only party left with an open line of communication with PAS, as the latter has publicly stated they will not work with PPBM, Amanah or DAP.

“Can we get PAS to negotiate when other parties do not want to negotiate? It’s tough, but we are trying,” Saifuddin said, adding that his party is preparing for both outcomes.

PPBM’s Datuk Rais Hussin, who heads its policy and strategy bureau, said his party was not ready to close the door on PAS despite the public snub.

“We are calling for a magnanimous negotiations among us. We don’t sever ties.

“None of our senior leaders have said anything about severing ties. We are an inclusive party, and want to include as many parties as possible in order to be able to form a formidable coalition,” the PPBM supreme council member said.

Oh Ei Sun, adjunct senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said that while the intention of those within Pakatan Harapan to try and reach out to PAS may be noble in nature, it will not likely yield any favourable results.

“Their intention may be noble, trying to avoid three-corner fights and so on. But those in power in PAS appear to consider their long-term ideological struggle (by forcing Umno to adhere closer to their religious agenda) to be far more important than short-term political gain (if any, by returning to Pakatan fold),” he said.

Source :  @ The Malay Mail Online




  1. PAS has officially severed all political ties and relationship with Pakatan Harapan. No matter how PAS tries to strategise or fool the rural Malays they cannot unchain their love for Najib’s money stolen from 1MDB. They cannot bite the hands that feed them albeit the money they received were haram. PAS is now an official ally of UMNO Baru. PAS is now with the highly corrupted UMNO Baru controlled BN government which Pakatan Harapan tries to remove. Like it or not all component parties of BN are seen to be supporting the PAS – UMNO Baru Malay front. They cannot claim ignorance or consider PAS as the third force.

    PAS and Umno Baru may pretend to contest against one another but shall support each other to capture certain crucial seats. UMNO Baru will help PAS win more seats in Kelantan , Terengganu and Kedah while PAS will help UMNO Baru win more seats in Selangor, Perak, Malacca, Johor, Pahang, Penang and Perlis. In GE 14 MCA, Gerakan and MIC shall be the collaterals for UMNO Baru – PAS Islamic agenda.

    UMNO Baru controlled BN in Sarawak and Sabah may lose more seats to Pakatan Harapan due to the 1MDB financial scandals and Najib ‘s failure to manage our economy and uplift the living standards of all Malaysians.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 16, 2017 @ 11:31 AM | Reply

    • At least that was what Hadi Awang believed when he instructed the party to severe all ties with DAP, Amanah, PKR and Bersatu. but recent discovery of voters transfer by PAS leaders had upset many PAS ‘s leaders. They now accuse UMNO Baru of being the mastermind behind the transfer of voters in Kelantan to favour UMNO Baru.

      Comment by Mata Kuching — May 18, 2017 @ 6:20 PM | Reply

  2. PAS is a party that thinks Islam is only senseless taboos and ritualism. PAS has failed to show any high moral fibre. PAS has failed to outline how PAS will take Malaysia forward in this Age of Information Technology. What is their economic policy ? Other than burying their heads under their clothes, what does PAS want women to do ? Under PAS there will be severe fines, imprisonment and public caning everyday for so called “offences” which are not recognised universally. The country will sink into ritualism. There will be no peace prosperity and harmony consonant with rapid advances in science and technology.

    Comment by Elvira — May 14, 2017 @ 3:26 PM | Reply

  3. The newly appointed Selangor PAS Commissioner must be either a drunkard or drug addict. Every words that came out of his mouth was utter rubbish. As an Ustaz he has been a serial liar and even lied that DAP severed ties with Pakatan Rakyat when it was PAS that DAP severed tie with . What a filthy scumbag and hypocrite.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — May 14, 2017 @ 11:18 AM | Reply

  4. PAS is playing spoiler role to benefit Umno in return for the RM90 million dedak?

    Comment by SBY — May 13, 2017 @ 6:12 PM | Reply

  5. PAS has sold out all Malaysians who voted for them. We cant trust these guys ever again. They will say one thing and do another. Their end game is only to set up an Islamic State in Malaysia and they will work with anyone including kleptocrats and the corrupt to achieve this goal. They are not interested in the welfare of Malaysians all they care about is their position in the hereafter. So lopping off hands and feet, stoning offenders and flaying the skin of your back is more important than addressing the concerns of Malaysians on the future of the country and their children and the high cost of living. What has PAS done for the homeless or the poor or the destitute in Kelantan – nothing. Sadly we probably have a huge number of Malaysians who think the same, a majority of whom come from a singular community and who will be the spoilers of a brighter future for Malaysia and Malaysians.

    Comment by Shirly — May 12, 2017 @ 4:08 PM | Reply

  6. PAS is no longer a liability for Pakatan Harapan. Voters across the nation now have the simplest of choice to vote either a Pakatan Harapan coalition or a BN- PAS coalition. The Malay and Muslim voters can choose PH or a Najib and Rosmah controlled BN-PAS.

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — May 12, 2017 @ 3:41 PM | Reply

    • The Pakatan Harapan should just bite the bullet and move on without PAS come the 14th GE.Let the urban and suburban voters show PAS what they think of the party and sent them back to Kg.Rusila, Kuala Trengganu where they originated from. Hopefully,there will be a new State Government in Kelantan too.

      Comment by Slumdog — May 12, 2017 @ 11:27 PM | Reply

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