Economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the latest prominent analysts to predict a BN victory for the upcoming general election.
“It is the new year, so it is traditional to make predictions about the future.
“In April, the general election will be held and it is very likely that the opposition will lose and BN will win,” he told a forum in Kuala Lumpur today.
His forecast was based partly on what he described as the inability of the opposition to offer themselves as a credible alternative.
They are not able to get their act together and are not preparing for the election season hard enough, he said.
The opposition is too divided and their leaders are more concerned with settling scores within their own party, and with each other, rather than focusing on the big picture, he said.
Even if the opposition cried against a biased system, he said, this is the system they are stuck with.
“Many people who are (now) critical of the system are partly responsible for building that system.
“We have to work with the system we have,” said the veteran economist who have taught in various universities across the globe and held several positions in the United Nations.
Among other political analysts who have expressed the same opinion include Asia Institute of University of Tasmania director James Chin, who called the upcoming elections a “sideshow” as he believes BN will win without any issues due to a divided opposition.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak professor Jeniri Amir had also said that despite the many issues plaguing Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration, the middle class voters in urban aras would not be able to change the tide.