Pakatan-BN alliance to be tested again in Pelangai by-election


Alfian Z.M. Tahir

Analysts say the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional victories in the recent Simpang Jeram and Pulai by-elections will result in even tighter collaboration between the two coalitions for the coming Pelangai by-election. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 11, 2023.

ANALYSTS said the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) victories in the recent Simpang Jeram and Pulai by-elections would result in even tighter collaboration between the two coalitions for the coming Pelangai by-election.

They said the wins showed both coalitions could put aside their differences and work together to yield better results at the polls.  

PH candidate Nazri Abdul Rahman won the Simpang Jeram state seat with a 3,514-vote majority over Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) Dr Mazri Yahya. 

PH also retained the Pulai parliamentary seat with its candidate Suhaizan Kaiat beating PN’s Zulkifli Jaafar with an 18,641-vote majority. 

But could it happen again in Pelangai, an Umno stronghold? 

Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar said the campaign strategies executed by PH-BN in Johor would probably continue in Pelangai.  

“During the campaign period in Johor, PH and BN ran their campaigns separately; they separately convinced their supporters to vote for the candidate and this strategy was effective.  

“Pelangai is a BN stronghold so maybe it is not the time for PH-BN to move together in the state.   

“PH must get their segment to vote for BN,” he said. 

Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar says the campaign strategies used by Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional in the recent Johor by-elections will probably continue in Pelangai. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 11, 2023.

Merdeka Center for Opinion Research programme director Ibrahim Suffian said there was a significant amount of rejection coming from non-Malay voters against PN. 

Ibrahim said there was a clear indication that Umno supporters backed the unity government and voted for the Amanah candidates who represented PH. 

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia academic Mazlan Ali said Umno was in high spirits following the dropping of corruption charges against Zahid. 

He said the wins in Johor would ensure a more serious partnership between PH and BN in Pelangai. 

“Pelangai state seat is under Bentong and we know Bentong is a Chinese seat. The cooperation will be more serious in Pahang.  

“We saw that PH-BN can actually work as a team and they managed to increase the votes despite a low voter turnout. 

“Now that Zahid is free, the perception is different,” he said. 

Last Monday, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah granted Zahid a discharge not amounting to an acquittal in his Yayasan Akalbudi trial.

Sequerah made the decision to allow further investigations by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and added that the case was still open. 

Prof Awang Azman Awang Pawi of University Malaya echoed Mazlan’s thoughts. 

 He said the PH-BN partnership in Johor was accepted by many PH supporters and hoped that BN could convince their members to work with PH.    

“The cooperation will continue but they cannot not take Pelangai lightly. They have to work hard and must not take it for granted. 

 “PN will, of course, go to the polls with a hunger to win after losing twice in Johor,” he added. – September 11, 2023.  

Prof Awang Azman Awang Pawi of University Malaya says the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional partnership in the recent Johor by-elections is accepted by many of their supporters. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 11, 2023.


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