“As for UMNO, either the non-kleptocrats team up with Mahathir in the nearest time possible or go down in history as the “worst performing Malay party” during the upcoming general election”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
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Terengganu PPBM chief Razali Idris said today that his party is prepared to clash with UMNO in the upcoming general election if there is no choice.
However, he said PPBM will do its best to avoid the clash in order to preserve the Malay-Islam leadership and to reduce the chances of DAP returning to power.
In one sense, what Razali is saying is true – should UMNO and PPBM clash, the Malay-Muslim vote, badly split as it is, will split further and benefit the opposition.
However, to say that the clash would increase the chances of the DAP returning to power is hogwash, as the cards that will be dealt this coming general election won’t be the same as those that were dealt in 2018.
Yes, there could be a game-changer.
During the 14thgeneral election, it was Pakatan Harapan vs Barisan Nasional.
During the upcoming election, it could be Pakatan Harapan vs Perikatan Nasional vs Barisan Nasional vs a Third Force bloc.
As I previously mentioned (refer article below), a large chunk of UMNO members comprising division leaders and grassroots members is opposed to UMNO working with PPBM.
So, in the unlikelihood that Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional do work together, that segment will opt for a Third Force bloc.
If, on the other hand, there is a clash between UMNO and PPBM, the Third Force bloc will still benefit.
The same applies should Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin succeed in merging PPBM and UMNO or if he deregisters UMNO altogether.
It follows, the star player during the upcoming general election is a stand-alone, Malay-majority bloc led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, not Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional or what have you.
Should candidates from the bloc pledge never to participate in any other coalition in any official capacity no matter what the results of the 15th general might be, we may lay witness to the birth of a new era in Malaysian politics.
That is to say, with the right candidates and the right strategy, the Third Force bloc could secure a sizeable majority and bring about a government led by a team like none other before.
Even in the worst case scenario, the new bloc will emerge as kingmaker following the general election and decide who gets to form government and who doesn’t.
However, should Mahathir suddenly turn around and say, “no more Anwar, no more DAP, no more kleptocrats, no more PPBM – no one but us to restore Malaysia back to its glory days,” it’s game over.
So Razali lied when he said the DAP could return to power. Truth is, the DAP’s fate is in Mahathir’s hand, a fact even Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang are well aware of.
Don’t believe me?
Go ask them then…
As for UMNO, either the non-kleptocrats team up with Mahathir in the nearest time possible or go down in history as the “worst performing Malay party” during the upcoming general election.