Gerakan and BN trying to do what Tengku Razaleigh did in 1990?

Datuk Dominic Lau noted that Gerakan has not personally spoken to PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali. Source (pic): TTF Files

Is Gerakan planning to form a pact with Azmin just to capture Sabah and Sarawak, two states BN can only dream of regaining if the intent is to do so with PAS?

Dominic’s reluctant to name the PKR group that met him is more than curious.

Some in my team are even speculating that the mission is to crumble government by turning Mahathir, Anwar and Azmin against each other.

Something isn’t right about the whole affair, and Dominic’s half-baked press statement isn’t helping either.


PETALING JAYA: Gerakan officially confirmed that the party has been in talks with unnamed PKR leaders from various levels over their possible crossovers.

According to the New Straits Times Online, the former BN component party’s president, Datuk Dominic Lau, noted that his people have not personally spoken to PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

“We have been in talks with these PKR leaders even before the sex video scandal, allegedly involving Azmin, came about. However, I won’t know if they are representing Azmin or otherwise.


“We have discussed the strong possibility of them joining Gerakan. In politics, nothing is impossible,” Lau said.

Asked if the PKR leaders the party had talked to include those “at the top”, Lau said: “Don’t ask me that… suffice to say at all levels.”

Firstly, it is quite unusual for the leader of an established political outfit, known to be cautious with press statements, to make cryptic, thriller-styled suspense claims.

It is also curious that Gerakan linked the so-called talks to Azmin, a man currently on the horns of a very sticky dilemma, having to choose between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Azmin is currently a PKR favourite and has no reason whatsoever to hop over to Gerakan unless he thinks Mahathir will eventually go after his blood over a sex scandal.

And even if PAS and UMNO were to be in secret talks with Gerakan to lure Azmin away from PKR, the exercise will not bear fruit, as Azmin isn’t likely to support a BN-Gerakan coalition should Anwar be involved.

Besides, PAS would definitely not want anything to do with Anwar and will ditch UMNO at a moment’s notice if it so much as suspects the PKR president is in the picture.

So you see, nothing makes sense, unless, of course, the mission is solely to collapse government and trigger a general election.

And the only way this will make any sense is if BN is aiming to accomplish what Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah accomplished back in 1990 with Semangat 46 and several PAS spin-offs.

Back then, Semangat formed two coalitions with several opposition parties to contest the 1990 Malaysian general election.

The Gagasan Rakyat (GR) coalition joined forces with the DAP and Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) while the Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU) teamed up with PAS, BERJASA, Parti Hizbul Muslimin Malaysia (HAMIM) and the (then) newly formed Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (KIMMA).

Despite the alliances, Semangat showed poorly in the 1990 federal election, winning only 8 of the 180 seats it contested.

Angkatan, however, swept the election in Razaleigh’s home state of Kelantan by winning all 39 seats contested.

It was the first time in history that UMNO failed to win a single seat at state level.

Question is, will BN, Gerakan and PAS form separate pacts with Azmin and (or) Anwar to repeat the same feat, this time, denying PPBM, Amanah and the DAP seats in several states?

Is Gerakan planning to form a pact with Azmin just to capture Sabah and Sarawak, two states BN can only dream of regaining if the intent is to do so with PAS?

Dominic’s reluctant to name the PKR group that met him is more than curious.

Some in my team are even speculating that the mission is to crumble government by turning Mahathir, Anwar and Azmin against each other.

Something isn’t right about the whole affair, and Dominic’s half-baked press statement isn’t helping either.

THE THIRD FORCE

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