“Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reached an understanding of sorts with Anwar on a proposed collaboration between Barisan Nasional and PKR in Sabah and at national level following the soon-to-be-held Sabah election”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is dead against the idea of PAS teaming up with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in any capacity even if it increases the chances of Muafakat Nasional forming government following the 15th general election (GE15).
As a matter of fact, Hadi has been receiving a lot of flak from some members of the Syura Council, grassroots and PAS division leaders who are sick and tired of UMNO’s treatment of PAS, almost as if the Islamist party is garbage.
But Hadi’s hands are tied, as those aligned to his deputy, Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, are all for the possibility of PAS teaming up with PKR and UMNO post GE15 to form the federal government if their collective numbers so permit.
Therein the problem – PAS is gradually splitting into two factions, drifting itself into yet another conundrum much like the one that led to the formation of Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) in 2015.
Earlier today, I exposed (below) how Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had reached an understanding of sorts with Anwar on a proposed collaboration between Barisan Nasional and PKR in Sabah and at national level following the soon-to-be-held Sabah election.
According to the understanding, Najib will grant Anwar the pleasure of deciding who to nominate as Prime Minister should PKR and Barisan Nasional succeed in forming federal government following the 15th General Election.
However, Najib’s condition is that the matter should be kept secret until the results of the 15th General Election are announced so that Barisan Nasional and PKR can evaluate the possibility of their cooperation leading to a majority in parliament.
It also needs to be kept secret so that Barisan Nasional grassroots do not punish the coalition for associating itself with Anwar and to avoid PKR grassroots from punishing Anwar and his party for betraying the DAP and AMANAH.
This is what I am made to understand from three very influential and well-placed sources, who claim that the plan was agreed upon by Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
In any case, Najib is more than likely to try and trigger the dissolution of parliament before the verdict on his appeal is read by persuading both PAS and UMNO’s Team B to withdraw their support for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Najib is willing to do this despite knowing that Barisan Nasional and PAS will probably secure a lesser number of seats compared to the number they obtained during the 14th General Election for the following reasons:
1. There is a definite split in the Malay-Muslim vote due to a severe disorder in the way Muafakat Nasional and Perikatan Nasional are being run,
2. The decision by Sabah parties to leave Barisan Nasional and form GPS and GBS soon after the 14th General Election, and
3. Results of the Chini and Slim by-elections show clearly that Barisan Nasional (UMNO-PAS) failed to improve its performance compared to the collective performance of UMNO and PAS during 14th General Election despite contesting only against independent candidates.
It is for this reason that Najib’s primary aim isn’t for Barisan Nasional and PAS to win the 15th general election, but for PKR to form a new coalition together with Barisan Nasional following the election to reduce the possibility of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Third-Force-Independent-Bloc forming government.
This is actually a classic case of two traditional enemies working hand in hand to inflict damage upon a common adversary.
In Najib’s opinion, if Barisan Nasional and PKR were to secure more parliamentary seats than that obtained by Barisan Nasional during the 14th General Election (79 seats), he could easily cajole PAS and convince Sabah and Sarawak based parties to accept Anwar.
Although the chances of all this happening is near zero, Najib hasn’t much of a choice given that PAS is less likely to win a ‘comfortable’ number of seats at federal level compared to PKR since urbanites are less inclined towards PAS.
To increase the chances of Barisan Nasional winning more parliamentary seats in Sabah, Najib is counting on UMNO, STAR and PKR to win 37 assembly seats in the upcoming State Election (although PKR is only contesting 7 seats), either through the election process itself or with the help of ‘leapfrogs’ once the election is over.
As the story goes, PKR is ready to support Barisan Nasional in the event the plan is successful by getting its assemblymen to work with UMNO.
This is what I am made to understand, and the chances of this being true is sky high given that Najib did secretly try to work with Anwar prior to the 13th and 14th General Elections.
In any event, Najib has no choice and is more than willing to work with anyone who can help him escape jail.