Pas 63rd Muktamar Who Will Be Its Ge15 Marriage Partner
Islamist party kicks off annual assembly today, will also discuss what’s next for leaders
(The Vibes) – PAS’ 63rd muktamar or annual assembly in Kedah starts today and will go on through the weekend. The Islamist party must decide who will it “marry” for the upcoming 15th general election (GE15) during the muktamar.
On one hand, PAS is formally part of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition with Bersatu, Gerakan, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star), and the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
On the other hand, it courted Umno first after Barisan Nasional’s (BN) historic fall from federal power in the 2018 general election – which led to PAS and Umno forming a pact called Muafakat Nasional.
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (in white skull cap and robe) attends the Umno general assembly in 2021 with other Umno leaders. After the infamous Sheraton Move in 2018, PAS has opened its arms to Umno, embracing it as an ally and forming a pact called Muafakat Nasional. – The Vibes file pic, September 2, 2022.
Where will PAS stand when GE15 is called?
Several PAS insiders have stated their preference for a “hybrid strategy” of working with Umno in some Malay heartland states while working with PN in seats where opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) is strong.
“But this may also confuse voters, particularly in the rural areas which remain PAS’ strongholds. The party might have too many allies until (it confuses) the voters as they don’t know who’s the enemy,” a few party insiders told The Vibes.
Political scientist Sivamurugan Pandian from Universiti Sains Malaysia said the PAS leadership must evaluate sentiments among its grassroots before deciding the party’s way forward.
“Multi-cornered fights are looking likely so PAS may need to mediate and negotiate with Umno.”
He feels working with Umno under Muakafat is one of the best options – or at the very least, this arrangement should be kept at state level or in certain seats if PAS wants to remain in power.
“PAS should also revisit its performance at Melaka and Johor to gear up towards elections,” Sivamurugan said in an interview, alluding to PAS’ defeat in both states under the PN flag. The party failed to win any of the eight state seats it contested in the Melaka polls, and only won one out of 15 it contested in Johor.
In the run-up to GE15, which is under speculation of being called this year, PAS has been urging Umno to revive Muafakat and discuss how both parties could contest for 27 parliamentary seats.
PAS has been urging Umno to revive Muafakat Nasional to contest for 27 parliamentary seats in the next general election. Its deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man is reported saying that he does not want the unmentioned seats to go to Pakatan Harapan. – Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man Facebook pic, September 2, 2022.
PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man was reported saying he feared these seats, which he did not name, could be lost to PH. As such, Umno and PAS had to ensure straight fights there.
According to analyst Wong Chin Huat, PAS doesn’t count on non-Muslim support.
In fact, its president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang often deliberately plays to his gallery by attacking non-Muslims, Wong said.
“How far this strategy would work is hard to tell. The narrative of Malays under siege has become less convincing after the Sheraton Move installed two governments that are Malay-majority, yet are plagued by infighting between three Malay parties.
“The disillusion with parties has caused an all-time high rate of abstention (from voting), as high as 45% In Johor,” said Wong.
A high turnout rate may pose a higher risk to PAS, especially in Kelantan, where it has ruled since 1990 and grown complacent – as well as in Kedah where Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammed Sanusi Md Nor’s “rough” style has alienated fence-sitters.
Wong said that it remains to be seen if PAS can continue to dominate in its three states – Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu – especially if Umno finds new wind, and if both parties do not collaborate.
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