PPBM's entry into Pakatan will bring Umno, Pas closer


KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) official entry into Pakatan Harapan will only encourage political cooperation between Pas and Umno, predicts a political analyst.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia politics and public policies senior lecturer Dr Mazlan Ali said with PPBM’s confirmed acceptance into the opposition coalition, the chances of Pas working together with Umno were high.

“Pakatan Harapan may grow stronger, but it will push Pas further away from them. We all know that Pas will not accept Pakatan Harapan because of (animosity towards) DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (PAN).

“And, it is because of this that Pas’s chances of working with Umno seem high,” he told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Mazlan said PKR and PPBM would be seen as “disloyal” for cementing ties with DAP and PAN.

Hesaid with Pas and Umno cooperating, the Malay political power would increase, and this, he added, was the formula for the next general election.

“I believe that Barisan Nasional would be able to secure a two-thirds majority if it cooperates with Pas.”

Mazlan said if the cooperation between Pas and Umno followed through, BN component parties, such as MCA, MIC and Gerakan, would be left with no options but to accept it.

“BN component parties rely on Malay-majority seats in elections. I believe BN leaders will be able to make some consideration for the sake of the party.”

At Pakatan Harapan’s presidential council meeting yesterday, the opposition coalition had decided to officially accept PPBM as its fourth component party.

The meeting, which was held at the opposition leader’s office in Parliament, agreed to register Pakatan Harapan as a coalition.

In a joint statement signed by PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and PAN president Mohamad Sabu, the coalition agreed to create a new logo and draft a manifesto together.

“The Pakatan Harapan secretariat will send a letter to PPBM to inform them of the decision,” the statement read.

Kuala Nerus Pas lawmaker Datuk Dr Khairuddin Aman Razali said a Pas-PPBM cooperation was unlikely, now that PPBM had joined Pakatan Harapan.

“Seems like there will not be any cooperation between PPBM and Pas,” he said yesterday.

He said Pas had made it clear that it would not cooperate with any quarters which had relations with DAP or PAN.

“Pas will form its own bloc. Whoever wants to work with Pakatan Harapan go ahead. How can we be allies with those who attack Pas? It’s not possible.”