Post-polls pacts set to be “new norm”

An Election Commission worker preparing for voting day during last year’s Sabah election. – The Star photo.

By Emma Victoria

LONG accustomed to political parties forming alliances before contesting in elections, Malaysians may now need to get used to pacts being cobbled together after the polls.

Political Scientist Prof Dr Jayum Jawan said Umno’s decision over the weekend to ditch Bersatu in the run-up to the 15th general election had made this even more likely.

He predicts no political party or coalition will be able to win a clear majority to form the next government after the next polls, which can be held as early as August this year.

He said after GE14 in 2018, no party or coalition of parties had the absolute numbers to form the government. Hence, political players were forced to realign to form the government.

Prof. Dr. Jayum Jawan

“Thus, the next general election is a field wide open,” said the political scientist of Universiti Putra Malaysia.

“There is less likely of a partnership as each political party seek to contest and win as many seats as it could. This is important as the number of seats won in the GE15 will establish the basis and position of each party in coalition building after the general elections.”

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party Youth chief Michael Tiang said although differences among PN in the Peninsula, particularly between Bersatu and UMNO is simmering, Gabungan Parti Sarawak is not concerned with it and had no plans to get involved in the conflict.

He said GPS government had made it clear that the decision to work with Bersatu in forming the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government was to ensure the political stability in the country for the interest and welfare of Sarawak.

“I believe GPS is very much playing an essential role in stabilising Malaysian politics,” he said.

“As for the upcoming GE15, my personal view is that undeniably a reshuffle of powers and political alliances might be inevitable in view of this very fickle political situation in the Peninsula, but GPS will continue to unite the support of our people in Sarawak.”

The ruling coalition, he said, would rather focus on making full leverage for the interests, rights and status in Malaysia while we are part of the federal administration.