Hornbill Unleashed

January 9, 2018

Too late for Saksama to make any impact — Political analyst

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

Image result for Dr Jeniri AmirThe would-be participation of a new political alliance in the upcoming 14th General Election is good for democracy, but it is too late for it to make an impact.

However, the entry of Gabungan Rakyat Saksama (Saksama) into the fray would certainly make democracy livelier, said political analyst Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir.

But he believes that Sakasama will not make any political impact in Sarawak, let alone winning any seat in GE14.

“Saksama is a very new political entity. Being a new entity, it will be very difficult for them to win the hearts of the electorates who are already very familiar with Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan (PH).

“Being a very new entity, they will struggle to project their clear political identity, ideas and ideology over a short period of time,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Janiri was asked if Saksama, which had announced its intention to contest in the GE14, would be good for BN or PH.

He noted that it was too late for Saksama, saying time was not with the alliance.

“It only appears at the eleventh hour. For any political entity to make an impact, it needs not only financial resources, but also proper strategies and good machinery.

“Election is just around the corner and the alliance will certainly have no time to invent itself as a real option aside from BN or PH. To me, this entity is not relevant at all in the upcoming general election,” he pointed out.

Jeniri, who is an academician at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), said past track records showed that no political party or entity that emerged at the eleventh hour had made a breakthrough in any general election in Malaysia.

He believes that for any political entity to make an impact in an election it must also have a strong appeal to voters and be able to decide how their campaign will be managed.

“A strong alliance is an alliance that also has a very strong and established foundation or membership and support at the grassroots level.

“Strong membership organisations have helped political parties win elections and I don’t think Saksama has this in the upcoming election,” he said.

Saksama on Sunday had unveiled its election symbol and made an announcement to contest in GE14.

A political alliance comprising political parties, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil liberty movements and individuals, Saksama’s component parties are State Reform Party (STAR), Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB), Parti Sejahtera Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (Sapu), Pertubuhan Perpaduan Rakyat Kebangsaan Sabah (Perpaduan), Sabah-based Malaysia United People’s Party (MUPP), Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) and Peninsula-based People’s Alternative Party (PAP).

Source : The Borneo Post Online



1 Comment »

  1. All the mosquito parties are just soldiers of fortune. They are wasting their time to field any candidates.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — January 10, 2018 @ 10:20 PM | Reply

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