KUALA TERENGGANU – Pas is confident of increasing its number of state and parliamentary seats in Terengganu, even if it has to enter into three-cornered contests with Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan in the 14th general election (GE14).
It has its sights on 22 state constituencies and six parliamentary seats – compared to the 14 state seats and three parliamentary seats it currently holds. There are 32 state and eight parliamentary constituencies in Terengganu. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has one state and one parliamentary seat.
State Pas commissioner II Dr Alias Razak said the party is expected to retain all the seats it had won, including those in Marang and Dungun, and capture more seats in other constituencies, namely Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Nerus, Hulu Terengganu, Kemaman and Setiu.
He said Umno is facing problems in nearly all the divisions because information has leaked which shows that nearly all of the party’s division chiefs will be dropped from contesting in the GE14.
“This situation augurs well for Pas. You can imagine an army that goes to war without a commander. Rebellion within the party is on the cards, and we do hope that BN will drop the names of division chiefs.
“We have been told that Umno stalwarts such as (Datuk Seri) Ahmad Said (Kemaman), Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafie (Setiu), Nawi Mohamad (Besut) and Datuk Mohd Sabri Alwi (Kuala Terengganu) will not be in the line-up of candidates. These are influential figures among the grassroots.
“Umno and Barisan Nasional will be seriously weakened by internal bickering. Pakatan Harapan, who we expect to field a number of candidates from Parti Amanah Rakyat and a couple of unknowns from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is no threat to Pas,” added Dr Alias.
He said State Umno liaison chief and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman would have a difficult time trying to keep the support for BN intact, not only among party members but also among voters.
Asked if Pas has shortlisted its candidates, Dr Alias said the names of its winnable candidates have been sent to party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur for further assessment, and that the announcement will be made at an appropriate time.