KUALA LUMPUR – May 30, 2018: Two political analysts agree with PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli that there were bigger factors besides Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad that resulted in the coalition’s victory in the recent general elections.
Professor Dr. Mohd. Azizudin Mohd. Sani of Universiti Utara Malaysia insisted that Rafizi’s statement was based on facts.
“Rafizi was right…. Tun was not the deciding factor but merely a contributing factor, in the way that his presence inspired confidence, especially among the Malays.
“What Rafizi said was right, especially among younger voters as they didn’t even know Dr. Mahathir.”
According to Azizudin, the young mostly voted for Pakatan because they were simply fed up with the previous government and negative issues linked to it.
“As for Rafizi, I think he was trying to say that Dr. Mahathir was not the only reason but the media may have written the story in such a way, making it sounds like he was denying Dr. Mahathir’s contribution,” he said.
Another analyst, Dr. Azmi Hassan, said Rafizi was right when he cited the Goods and Services Tax and rising cost of living as the primary reasons for Pakatan’s victory.
However, Azmi also believes that the Mahathir factor was equally important and thus it was not wise for Rafizi to point out Pribumi Bersatu’s less than satisfactory performance.
Rafizi had said that while Mahathir was popular with voters, his Pribumi Bersatu’s less-than-sterling performance even in his home state of Kedah was proof that he was not the deciding factor.