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With Opposition parties rejecting the big tent approach, BN may just win in next general election By Zainal Epi

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Publish date: Sat, 25 Jun 2022, 01:49 PM

COMMENTARY, June 25 ― It looks like there will be no big tent ― that construct of political parties holding different views working together ― in the upcoming general election and this will work against Opposition parties that have no grassroot followers.

PAS’s ulama chief Datuk Hashim Jasin’s said the party should campaign under its own “clean” moon logo which seems to imply that sharing Perikatan Nasional's (PN) logo will “dirty” the party's Islamist credentials.

This was why the party performed badly, in fact very poorly, in the Melaka and Johor state elections where it joined forces with PN against Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN).

The Islamist party did not win a single seat in those two state elections.

This comes on the heels of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Rafizi Ramli’s suggestion that the party use its own logo in the coming general election.

Rafizi rejected outright the big tent, a move that is seen as the party disassociating itself from DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah). PKR, just like PAS, performed poorly in both Melaka and Johor.

In short, PKR and PAS feel they can do better on their own.

The opinions of these two party leaders goes against Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for all Opposition parties to come under one big tent to fight BN.

Muhyiddin’s plan is not to allow BN to face several parties which he feels is the only way to defeat the once ruling coalition which was defeated in the last general election in 2018.

However, his idea did not go down well as Bersatu itself is not a party that is capable of leading the Opposition pack under the big tent proposal. It seems to be more of a personal agenda than an Opposition strategy, according to political activists and members of several parties.

Bersatu is a party that is top heavy ― all generals and too few soldiers ― was formed in 2016 to try and replace Umno but failed miserably.

Many observers see Muhyiddin’s proposal of a big tent as a means for his party to survive given that the party has failed to chip away Umno’s support so the need for “friends” to help it stay afloat.

It managed to woo PAS into its fold once, managing to get the Islamist party away from Umno and making Muafakat Nasional (MN) ― a co-operation between Umno and PAS ― dead in the water.

And now there are those in PAS suggesting a “separation not amounting to a divorce” from Bersatu.

In the meantime, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was once head of Bersatu and has set up his own party Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) ― is seeking ties with any organisation ― political or not ― in a bid to survive.

Barring any last minute change of hearts and minds among leaders of the Opposition and parties in PN, their recent decisions may cost them their own political death.

And BN may just walk away the winner.

 

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Tobby

Don't be so confident! Sabah Sarawak are going solo! In fact, Umno Sabah expected to close shop post GE15! Umno brand is now too corrupted! GE15 may be the last show for BN Umno, after that, probably BN Umno will be history!

1 month ago

PunTatBerSiul

UMNO or BN was able to retain power since independence due to Sabah & Sarawak re-tards.
These indigenous dim-wits bent their rear end while they went for a free ride and plunder the state wealth. They threw some crumbs to keep them happy while keeping majority in poor state. What commendable development had Sabah or Sarawak achieved since 1965? What is the findings of Tan Sri Fuad Stephen's and other minister's death due to flight crash? Who or what killed them?

1 month ago

Tobby

Not really! It's peninsula that kept BN Umno in power! If i am not mistake, Sabah did vote for opposition back in 90s! However since BN Umno was super strong with 2/3 majority, he created IC Project Mahathir that flood Sabah with new voters!
BN Umno has indeed neglected this 2 states! Then again, Kelantan, Kedah and Pahang too are neglected!
Actually expect Selangor, Penang and Johor, most of the states are neglected!

1 month ago

PunTatBerSiul

Nonsense!
Sabah Sarawak always vote for BN.
Check the historical voting result.
Yes, The senile racist doc did change the demography of Sabah through IC project.
He also did gerrymandering in Peninsula and created Parliament seats in rural area with less than 20K population and merged urban seats where opposition wins regularly.

1 month ago

Tobby

Lest we forget, Harapan did win comfortably in 2018! And what did Harapan leaders did! Yeah, made Mahathir great again! I mean, it wasn't even part of their manisfesto! We thought Anwar would be PM at that time! But to actually let Mahathir be PM! Isn't that really dumbass! So tell me, what's the difference between Mahathir as BN Umno PM and Mahathir as Harapan PM!

1 month ago

Tobby

And for goodness sake! Bersatu only has 11 MPs at that time! And then Mahathir bought those frogs from Umno and Harapan leaders cheered him! I mean, isn't that the same thing Mahathir did during his BN Umno administration!

1 month ago

Tobby

They say if you point your finger at others and hurl insult at them, make sure your other 4 fingers are planting inside your backside! Because, it may be that you are the real dumbass not them!

1 month ago

Tobby

What Harapan did during those 22 months really insulted malaysians intelligence to the core!

1 month ago

Evertraveler

If it's not Dr M, I don't think Malays would vote for Harapan in GE14. He came out with videos telling people that he had changed during pre-election, giving people hope that new Malaysia era would come. Hence all Malaysians, including those reside at overseas, were willing to vote. However, whey Harapan won, he went back to his old ego. Most of the manisfeto that was promised could not turn into reality. Even though Anwar wasn't the PM at that time, he should find chance to show his leadership. But apparently no. I really don't know what he has done. I have no faith in him. At least now Rafizi is back. Hope he can make the Malays to vote for PKR in GE15.

1 month ago

Evertraveler

I can still remember the morning after Harapan won GE14, I felt the sun was bright, air was fresh. First time I felt I had hope towards Malaysia. But this feelings only last for few weeks.....

1 month ago

The_JQuestion

u live in malaysia atleast ur money was more appropriated then all these free giveaways.... and boneless menteris

1 month ago

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