PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan leaders have dismissed Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s talk of possible snap polls, saying that the coalition still has majority support.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia secretary-general Datuk Marzuki Yahaya said the Umno veteran’s remark was a personal opinion.
He claimed that Tengku Razaleigh might want a snap general election to strengthen his own position within the party and his constituency.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is the chairman of the Umno Council of Advisors, said on Wednesday that Umno should start discussing seat allocations with parties such as PAS.
According to him, Umno should get ready in the event of a snap elections, especially if there was a leadership change in the country.
PKR vice-president Tian Chua said there was no need read too much into Tengku Razaleigh’s statement.Parti Amanah Nasional (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu questioned whether a snap general election was needed when a new prime minister takes over, as the coalition still holds majority in Parliament.
“Umno is out of issues. Its leaders have been whipping up emotions of the Malays for their own popularity with sensitive issues. If you look at the mood of Malaysians, no one wants snap polls now,” he said
He said Tengku Razaleigh often tried to distract people with such talk when his party was in crisis.
But Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, when asked for comments, said: “Politics is about the impossible.”
Asked whether Umno was ready for it after its defeat, Mohamad replied: “What choice do we have?”
Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said Umno and PAS were ready to take on Pakatan.
“A series of Penyatuan Ummah (Umno-PAS partnership) roadshows with PAS have been organised. One of the objectives is to prepare our machinery.”
“We have tested our joint machinery in the last three by-elections.”
In Sibu, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang dismissed Tengku Razaleigh’s call to Umno to prepare for a snap general election, saying it was just a “desperate move” on his part to get members of Umno and PAS to unite.
“Saying that a snap election is around the corner is a move to create a feverish situation among Umno members so that they will respond to him that they work hard and unite with PAS,” he said.
“But I don’t think that will happen so long as Umno has its “Malu Apa, Bossku” campaign associated with Najib’s kleptocracy,” he said after a forum on “After Sandakan, It’s Sarawak” on Thursday.
Lim said a snap election is not in the works as the Pakatan government still had a lot of work to do.