THE ‘BREAKUP’ WAR IS ON – ‘TIN KOSONG’ ANWAR & SUPPORTERS REFUSE TO GO WITHOUT ANOTHER FINAL ‘EMPTY’ BANG & MEAN DIG AT MAHATHIR & DAP – ‘PAKATAN MIGHT AS WELL GO THEIR SEPARATE WAYS,’ SAY ANALYSTS – INDEED, ANWAR & PKR HUMBUGS ONLY EXPOSE THEIR POLITICAL DUPLICITY WITH LAME EXCUSES OVER LOGO CHOICE – EVEN AS THEIR PROPAGANDISTS TRY TO BLAME DAP & DR M – YET THE REALITY IS DAP STUCK TOO LONG WITH ANWAR & IS NOW PAYING THE PRICE – IT SHOULD HAVE DUMPED HIM LONG AGO – IF DR M SO HATED, WHY DID WARISAN & MUDA WHICH WERE LINKED TO MAHATHIR GET SUCH PHENOMENAL SUPPORT FROM PENANGITES? – WHO WOULD BOTHER TO GO TO ANWAR’S RALLIES ANYMORE – WHY SHOULD VOTERS EVEN CONSIDER PKR WHEN ITS FUTURE IS SO OPAQUE

PKR using own logo tells of a ‘disintegrating’ PH, says analyst

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan’s decision to let PKR use its own logo in the upcoming Johor elections – while Amanah and DAP contest under the PH banner – is a sign of a “disintegrating coalition”, according to a political analyst.

Oh Ei Sun of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs said the decision spoke volumes about disunity in PH, especially after the coalition’s heavy loss in the Melaka polls in November.

Oh said he expected DAP and Amanah to be disappointed in PKR president Anwar Ibrahim for the decision on the use of party logos, since the two components looked to him as a uniting factor as the PH chairman, but the issue was being raised by his own party.

Oh Ei Sun.

“They might as well go their separate ways. What’s the point of forming the PH coalition?” he told FMT. “I think it’s PKR’s problem. They tend to blame their losses on everyone else but themselves. They don’t face their own problems.”

He said what truly mattered were the PH supporters’ disillusionment and disappointment after the signing of the memorandum of understanding with the government.

He also ridiculed the argument that PH’s flag was not as widely known as PKR’s, pointing out that the coalition banner had the words “Pakatan Harapan” imprinted on it.

“What can be clearer than that?” he asked. “Let them test their PKR flag out in Johor and they will see whether their logo is as strong as they claim it to be.”

Yesterday, Anwar said the PH presidential council had agreed to allow PKR to use its own logo in the Johor elections while Amanah and DAP would contest under the PH banner.

PKR strategic director Sim Tze Tzin said this was an important decision, adding that he had “first-hand experience” from PKR’s wipe-out in the Melaka polls.

Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid.

Subang MP Wong Chen said PKR’s move was not unusual, pointing out that DAP and Amanah had opted against using the PH banner during the Sabah elections in 2020. Instead, they contested under the Warisan flag.

Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid of Universiti Sains Malaysia agreed that the decision to go with different logos was a sign of disunity within the coalition, saying DAP and Amanah had the right to be disappointed.

“The fault lies with the PH components for not making the PH brand better known than their individual party,” he said, adding that the different flags used during the Johor elections could be their undoing.

“If they can’t find a common solution over the banner under which they are supposed to be united, do you think we can hope for a cohesive government should they be voted into power?”  FMT

Parties eyeing Penang because DAP losing support, says analyst

GEORGE TOWN: Several parties, including two lesser-known ones, are eyeing Penang because DAP is losing favour among its supporters, an analyst said.

James Chin of University of Tasmania said the discontent was not just in Penang but throughout the country as shown by the party’s losses in the Melaka and Sarawak elections.

Chin said the other frustration was their unhappiness with former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over policies affecting the community. He said DAP’s insistence on supporting Mahathir had further eroded its support base.

James Chin.

“The Chinese electorate can be an unforgiving lot. They are angry that DAP could not get UEC recognised, and the party was seen as unable to stand up against Mahathir. DAP is in trouble,” he said.

This was why Warisan and Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) were hoping to make inroads into Penang, he said, adding that MCA and Gerakan were also trying to “rejuvenate” themselves by touching base with the Chinese voters, whose support they lost years ago.

He said the two Chinese-dominated parties were “emboldened” and riding high on the discontent, holding luncheons, dinners and other engagements to “gauge the market”.

Chin doubted if Warisan and PBM would pose a threat to the DAP-dominated PH state government, but said they might stand a chance of winning a few seats.

He said the voters were not likely to warm up to them given their history of taking in defectors from other parties.

Those currently leading Warisan in Penang were former elected representatives trying to wrest back their seats, he said.

“These former DAP leaders were left out in the cold and want to make a comeback in their old constituencies,” he said.

“For the Chinese voters, it has always been either MCA, Gerakan or DAP.

“Now that DAP is losing support, we are in uncharted waters as there are more voters (with Undi18). Will these voters try something new? We can only say when we get close to the polls.”

According to DAP’s Lim Guan Eng, PH won an estimated 90% of the Chinese votes in the 2018 general election.  FMT

FREE MALAYSIA TODAY

.