THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: ALMOST 80% WANT PKR TO STOP TALKS WITH PAS WHILE NEARLY 70% BELIEVE HARAPAN CAN RETAIN SELANGOR DESPITE 3-CORNER FIGHTS – SO WHAT SAYS AZMIN, AMBIGA?

Support for PKR will not be severely affected even if the party persists with the unpopular move to negotiate with PAS to form an electoral pact, according to a one-week poll run by Malaysiakini from Aug 28.

Based on over 8,800 respondents on the English website, 76 percent of voters believed PKR should stop negotiating with PAS, while 10 percent supported the talks.

Thirteen percent said PKR should hold a special congress to discuss the matter, while one percent of voters did not care.

Despite the majority of respondents rejecting PAS talks, 71 percent said they would still vote for PKR and Pakatan Harapan even if PKR insists on negotiations with the Islamist party.

Ten percent said they would vote for a different opposition party such as PAS or PSM, while a similar percentage said they would vote for BN.

A significant number, about nine percent of respondents, meanwhile said they would either not vote, or would spoil their ballots.

The issue of negotiating with PAS to work out seat allocations in the upcoming general election has caused rifts within PKR, with both sides attacking each other publicly.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim had attempted to resolve the matter by saying that he had encouraged the party to talk with PAS, but even this failed to quell tensions.

However, 65 percent of Malaysiakini’s poll respondents believed Harapan can hold on to Selangor even if there were three-cornered fights.

Another 28 percent said Harapan would lose the state, while six percent said they did not know what the outcome would be.

Among those who answered the survey, most viewed PAS as an ally of Umno and BN, while 16 percent believed it was independent. Another 10 percent opined that PAS was a friend of Harapan.

– M’kini

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