If PAS Selangor engages in three-corner contests with Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan, the losers are going to be PKR, PPBM and PAN while DAP will benefit. Against the backdrop of three-corner contests, DAP is going to end up with the most number of seats in Selangor and Azmin is going to lose his job. So, it is crucial that Azmin makes this secret pact with PAS Selangor so that PKR and not DAP will end up with the most number of seats in Selangor.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Yesterday, The Malaysian Insight (TMI) reported “Trouble brewing in Selangor and Penang Pakatan over seat talks?” (READ HERE). Today, TMI reported “PKR Selangor seat negotiations yet to be finalised, says Azmin” (READ BELOW).
Actually, the real problem is regarding the secret pact that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali has made with PAS Selangor.
PAS and Pakatan Harapan have already announced they will not enter into any electoral pact or ‘loose coalition’ for the next general election or GE14. In fact, PAS said it is going to be the ‘Third Force’ and will engage both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan in three-corner fights. Some seats are expected to be more than just three-corner fights — such as Shah Alam where Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor will also be contesting
If that happens then PKR will be in trouble, especially in Selangor. To make matters worse, Azmin, who depends on the votes from PAS supporters, may face defeat — which is why he said he has not yet decided where to contest (READ HERE). Azmin will decide where to contest only after the pact with PAS Selangor is cemented or else, if PAS is not going to support him or will also be contesting in his seat, then he will lose.
A number of PAS Selangor Wakil Rakyat have met up with their party Secretary-General, Takiyuddin Hassan, to inform him that they have agreed to the secret pact with Azmin. These PAS Selangor Wakil Rakyat do not want to engage PKR in three-corner contests. Wherever PKR is contesting, PAS Selangor will not contest. They will only contest where DAP, PPBM and PAN are contesting.
The PAS Wakil Rakyat for Bangi, Mohd Shafie Ngah, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly, is leading the breakaway group that is making this secret pact with Azmin. They have also informed Takiyuddin they no longer recognise the authority of the PAS Selangor Commissioner, Ustaz Sallehen Mukhyi, the Wakil Rakyat for Sabak Bernam.
In short, PAS Selangor, or Team B in PAS Selangor, is mutinying and will no longer take directions from PAS Pusat, or from the PAS Selangor Commissioner, and will go ahead and do the deal with Azmin.
PAS Pusat is not too happy about this secret pact between Azmin and PAS Selangor, and neither is PKR Pusat. While the deal may benefit PKR Selangor and Azmin personally, it is going to make DAP, PPBM and PAN very unhappy because PKR Selangor is going to benefit at the expense of Pakatan Harapan.