MO,8/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Even though it was announced that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has the lion’s share of seats among the parties of Pakatan Harapan in the next general election (GE14), DAP will still dominate the opposition pact. This is the take of political analyst Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff, who said that besides wanting to defend the 31 Parliamentary seats it won in the last general election (GE13), DAP is also expected to contest 19 Parliamentary seats in Sabah and Sarawak in GE14.
“Of the 35 seats that DAP will contest in the peninsula, 31 are ones which they won in GE13. “DAP is contesting 19 seats in Sabah and Sarawak, which brings the total number of seats they are contesting across Malaysia to 54. “(So in reality), DAP has a higher number of Parliamentary seats (54) compared to the 52 seats PPBM will contest.
“It is obvious that the ‘consensus’ they reached at the convention on Sunday was a trick to deceive Malaysians, as DAP remains dominant in the coalition,” Kamarul said when contacted. Through the consensus, Pakatan will contest 165 Parliamentary seats in the peninsula: 52 seats for PPBM, PKR (51), DAP (35) and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) (27).
Meanwhile, Kamarul said that although PKR is expected to field candidates in Sabah and Sarawak, the people should realize that PKR is not a Malay Islamic party, like PPBM or PAN.