‘BN may still fall despite Pakatan breakup’

If Umno continues to self-destruct with infighting and corruption allegations, and BN remains in disarray, pundits are convinced the opposition stands a chance to take Putrajaya in the next general election.

“BN component parties have problems, MIC has become a joke but nobody bothers to talk about it,” said Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who heads the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) think-tank.

He was referring to MIC leadership tussle, where president G Palanivel has suspended his deputy, Dr S Subramaniam. However the latter claims he is the new acting president and that Palanivel is no longer a member of the party.

Wan Saiful (photo) added that MCA is not in a healthy state either, while in Umno, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is under continual attack from former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“It’s quite positive that the opposition stands a fair chance to take Putrajaya if Umno continues to destroy itself.”

However, Wan Saiful added this is also subject to how soon the new opposition coalition is formed and if it manages to tackle its challenges head on.

Attacks on Najib

Political analyst Tang Ah Chai reckoned that the issues brought by Mahathir and other detractors pose a threat to Najib and his administration.

“Mahathir continues to play up the issues of debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the luxurious lifestyle of Najib’s family. He has attacked Najib alone, but left BN and Umno untouched.

“If Najib fails to handle this diligently, he will not only strike the rakyat as an incompetent leader, but will be perceived and labeled as a leader with integrity issues,” added Tang.

Citing the former Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, where the opposition had mounted a sustained attack on his integrity, Tang warned that the premier may face the same experience if he fails to resolve this issue. At this point, Najib’s (photo) refusal to step down favours the opposition pact, he reckoned.

Tang however said it was too early to tell if the opposition will make it to Putrajaya.

“When Mahathir took up the issue of 1MDB, it became a hot issue as the rakyat generally shared his views. However the opposition has failed to harp on it for its benefit, but instead were busy with their internal problems,” he said.

As they gear up for the battles in the next general election, they need the support from the civil movement and voters to materialise political change.

Jun 21, 2015 – malaysiakini
By Kow Gah Chie
‘BN may still fall despite Pakatan breakup’


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