PAS cannot achieve two-thirds dream without Sabah & Sarawak, says Kitingan

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By John Isaac

PARTI Solidariti Tanahairku (STAR Sabah) has told fellow Perikatan Nasional (PN) member PAS it needs to factor in Sabah and Sarawak parties when thinking of securing a two-thirds majority for the coalition.

STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan noted that PAS strategic director Khairuddin Aman Razali wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday about solidifying relations only among peninsula-based Malay parties to face the next general election.

“He should also look at strengthening relations with Sabah and Sarawak as a strategy because both may still be kingmakers,” Kitingan told FMT.

In his posting, Khairuddin said changes could be made to electoral boundaries after the election to benefit the Malays. He suggested that the number of parliamentary seats in Malay-majority states be increased.

“We can achieve this goal by strengthening the alliance among the three Malay parties despite the obstacles,” he said.

Kitingan agreed with Khairuddin that some time was needed if PN hoped to win GE15 with a two-thirds majority.

“We won’t have much time if an election is held this year,” he said. “The best is to have the election towards the end of the parliamentary term, perhaps next year.”

Khairuddin’s suggestion for changing electoral boundaries to benefit Malays raised a protest from Upko vice-president Ewon Benedick.

He said the PAS leader needed to be reminded that Malaysia was also made up of many races.

He described the suggestion as “too extreme” and going against the ideals of a multiracial society.

“If this represents PAS’ struggle in the federal government now, then it is clear PN does not care for all the people as it claims,” he said in a statement.

“The statement by PAS is dangerous to Sabah and Sarawak. I am not sure what is the stand of PBS, STAR, PBRS and SAPP who are in alliance with PAS through Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and PN.

“Will they help PAS fulfil its intentions? It seems their voices may not even be able to stop PAS’ influence in the government of the day.

“We believe Sabah agreed to form Malaysia in 1963 not to benefit only one particular race. Enough with the redelineation of electoral boundaries in Sabah in 1993, which has changed the political landscape in the state to this day.”