Analysts don’t think Mahathir’s party will go far

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PKR hasn’t decided which way it will go vis-a-vis Mahathir’s plan

KUALA LUMPUR – July 16, 2016: The new political party to be formed by former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will not affect the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition much, reckon analysts.

They told The Mole that the party will only have a limited impact on BN due to some obvious shortcomings.

Mahathir had on Thursday announced that the politicians and activists behind the so-called Citizens’ Declaration or as many prefer to call it, Mahathir’s Declaration, will work together to try and oust the Umno-led government.

Geo-strategist Dr. Azmi Hassan of the Perdana School and Geospatial Institute believes that the impact of the party will depend on the support it could garner from Umno members and leaders.

But he thinks this is unlikely to happen, considering that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s critics had previously failed to unseat him.

These critics, including the likes of former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, had even failed to undermine Najib when they were still in Umno.

Azmi also anticipates that it will be laborious for the new party to win in the next general election since there will be the inevitable infighting on seat allocation.

He further noted that Mahathir’s alliance with the DAP will further impede his mission to topple the BN.

Associate Professor Mohd. Azizudin Mohd. Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia is of the opinion that the intention behind the new party may be to split Umno members into factions but this too will most likely fail.

“I am a bit sceptical if this party can split Umno.”

Azizudin also spoke about the hurdles the new party will face, including the need for more effort to prove its capabilities to the people and the time needed to register with the Registry of Societies.

Professor Dr. Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak thinks that the negative sentiments among Mahathir supporters over his latest move, in particularly his association with the DAP, will immobilise the party.

Jeniri said the supporters are asking why Mahathir must work with the opposition, particularly the DAP.

In  Bukit Mertajam today Bernama reports Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as stating that her party will consider whether to cooperate with Mahathir’s party.

“Not yet, right… He (Mahathir) has not set up, but it is indeed his right to set up a party. I hear he also does not want to be president. Let’s wait for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to come to a decision.

“We (PKR) see first, we see first because we must have similarities in our struggles and our every agenda must be the same,” she said after a Permatang Pauh parliamentary Hari Raya open house at Kubang Semang.




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Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

Amira Nutfah Zulkifli

A budding journalist. Aside of struggling to understand Malaysian political scenario, she is inspired to study and fight for women's emancipation. Above the rest; she simply loves her nation.