PETALING JAYA: PAS’ decision to distance itself from the Opposition will only dilute Malay votes and eventually hand victory to Barisan Nasional, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Whether or not PAS will cooperate with Umno, PAS’ participation in the general election still reduces the support towards Pakatan Harapan and PAS itself,” said the former prime minister.
“Pakatan and PAS will lose and Barisan will win. This is actually PAS’ goal.
“It is not for race or religion. It only aims to weaken the Malays,” he said in his latest blog post.
Dr Mahathir, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, said history had shown that PAS performed poorly in the elections whenever it went alone but did better when it had strong allies.
He cited several examples since 1959 when PAS fared poorly in the country’s elections after it went without cooperating from other Opposition parties.
However, PAS did significantly better when it worked with DAP and PKR in 1999 to form Barisan Alternatif, winning 27 parliamentary seats.
“In 2004, when DAP pulled out from Barisan Alternatif, PAS only won seven seats,” said Dr Mahathir, adding that PAS did better when Pakatan Rakyat was formed in 2008 with the inclusion of DAP.
The Islamist party was not included in Pakatan Harapan, which was formed by PKR and DAP and its breakaway party, Parti Amanah Negara, later that same year.
Newcomers Pribumi suggested that PAS be included in seat negotiations for the next general election to avoid multiple-cornered fights.
However, PAS said that it would never work with DAP and Amanah, but maintained a political cooperation with PKR.
It eventually cut ties with PKR last week, claiming that the party had failed to support its Islamic agenda.
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