“Bersatu risks being abandoned by its allies,” claims Bukit Gantang MP

THERE is a possibility that PAS might abandon Bersatu due to the latter’s lack of consistencies in its “friendships” with its allies, claimed Bukit Gantang MP Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Fasal.

According to an Utusan Malaysia report, the Bersatu lawmaker said this could even happen before the next general election (GE16).

Syed Abu Hussin further reckoned that PAS has strength in numbers, seeing as to how the Islamist party has more MPs than Bersatu and this is bolstered by the fact that PAS has formed state governments in four states, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis.

“Bersatu does not have the same level of strength and had to rely on PAS which has election machineries and grassroots, among others. They (Bersatu) are also known to ‘change partners’ every time there is a general election,” he said to the Malay daily.

“So, it wouldn’t be too surprising if PAS decides to abandon Bersatu.”

Syed Abu Hussin further pointed out that the remaining Bersatu MPs had to rely on allocations from PAS-ruled states although this is unlikely as PAS had its own stance on the matter.

“This is why I’m asking all Bersatu MPs to think carefully and make the decision to immediately declare their support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,” he said.

“If any Bersatu MPs have considered supporting the prime minister then they should announce the decision collectively so their stance would appear to be more firm and solid.”

In addition to Syed Abu Hussin, five other Bersatu MPs had declared their support for Anwar, namely Zahari Kechik (Jeli), Mohd Azizi Abu Naim (Gua Musang), Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid (Kuala Kangsar), Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman (Labuan), and Datuk Dr Zulkafperi Hanafi (Tanjong Karang).

Last week, Syed Abu Hussin alleged that around 10 more Bersatu MPs are expected to lend their support to Anwar, adding that the MPs are expected to declare their intention ahead of the parliamentary session scheduled for Feb 26.

Syed Abu Hussin claimed that the five are from the northern region, including Kedah, Penang, and Perak; three from the East Coast, namely Kelantan, Terengganu, and Pahang; and two from the central region, namely Selangor and Melaka.

He asserted that these MPs made the decision due to their profound disappointment with the party, feeling unappreciated and neglected. – Feb 2, 2024


Main pic credit: Utusan Malaysia

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