AFTER months of hearing it will be wiped out in the next national polls, PAS believes it has come up with the perfect plan to win the anticipated three-cornered contests and prove the critics wrong.
It will concentrate its efforts on mixed seats with more than 40% Malay voters that will be contested by non-Malay candidates from Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional.
The Islamist party hopes to harness the support of Malay voters, a party insider told The Malaysian Insight.
“PAS is confident that with support of its grassroots and the party machinery, and with the anti-Chinese sentiment, especially against DAP, it can win constituencies with 40% Malay voters in contests with non-Malay candidates,” the source said.
If PAS is right, PKR will likely lose many seats as most of the seats PAS targets are held by PKR’s non-Malay candidates.
“Maybe this is the reason PKR continues to remain on good terms with PAS,” said the source.
The source said the 13th eneral election (GE13) showed that Selangor, Perak and Kuala Lumpur had many seats with such traits.
In Selangor, parliamentary seats with such traits are Selayang which has 45% Malay voters, Petaling Jaya Selatan (40%), Subang (48%), and Kapar (51%) while the state seats are Sekinchan (39%), Sungai Pelek (45%) and Sri Andalas (39%)
The four parliamentary seats are held by non-Malay candidates from PKR and the state seats by DAP and PKR.
Similar seats n Kuala Lumpur are Batu (44%) and Wangsa Maju (53%). Both were won by PKR in the last general election.
In Perak, PAS is eyeing Gopeng (43%), a parliamentary seat, and state seat Kuala Sepetang with 63% Malay voters. Both are also held by non-Malay PKR candidates.
In the last polls, Islamist rights champion, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), which contested on the Berjasa ticket, fielded Malay candidates in Selayang, Batu, and Kuala Sepetang.
Isma not only lost badly but also lost its deposits as it had neither grassroots support nor the backing of party machinery.
According to the source, PAS has what Isma lacked.
PAS is said to have mobilised its likely candidates in the respective seats.
In Selayang, PAS is aiming to field Selangor state exco member Zaidy Taib, who is also the PAS Selayang commissioner. He is the assemblyman for Taman Templar which is under the Selayang constituency. Zaidy won the seat with a majority of 7,467
His current campaign is not restricted to Taman Templar but he is also seen in Rawang and Kuang state seats which come under the Selayang constituency.
In the last election, PKR MP William Leong Jee Keen won Selayang with 52,287 votes and with a majority of 17,864, against MCA’s Lim Siang Chai (34,441) and Berjasa’s Mohd Hazizi Ab Rahman (4,152).
PAS’ Federal Territory deputy youth chief, Nurul Islam Mohamad Yusof is expected to contest in the Batu parliamentary seat in the next election.
Batu is held by PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang, better known as Tian Chua, who is currently serving a one-month jail sentence.
In GE13, Tian Chua won with 41,672 votes and a majority of 13,284, defeating Gerakan candidate Dominic Lau How Chai (28,388), Berjasa’s Hashim Abdul Karim (949), and two independent candidates Nazariah Abbas (209) and Atan Jasin (164).
In Perak, PAS is looking at the Gopeng parliamentary seat and Kuala Sepetang state seat.
Gopeng MP Dr Lee Boon Chai of PKR won in the last polls with a majority of 15,309, defeating MCA’s Tan Chin Meng.
In Kuala Sepetang, PKR’s Chua Yee Ling defeated MCA’s Loh Swee Eng with a slim majority of 758 votes while Berjasa’s Zainal Abidin Abd Rahman received 430 votes.