The ‘transformation’ of the political scenario recently will mean that all the state and parliamentary seats to be contested in the 14th general election will see three-cornered fights.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this followed the PAS decision to leave the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and to go it alone in the polls.
“The political scenario has changed. From being, a two-party system with the Barisan Nasional lining up against PH, we now have PAS in the middle.
“Three-cornered fights are a certainty following the PAS Syura Council decision to stop political cooperation with PKR and DAP,” he said when addressing a meet-the-people session and launch of ‘Jentera Jalinan Rakyat’ of Marang Parliamentary constituency yesterday.
Zahid reminded members of Barisan component parties not to be complacent because three-cornered fights are not easy because anything can happen.
“We have to work hard in the face of this situation because our political enemies want to see us defeated in the fight for the state and parliamentary seats.
“BN respects the PAS decision to go it alone in GE14 but will continue to cooperate for the benefit of the Malays and Islam.”
He said the opposition has resorted to blaming Umno for not tabling the Syariah Court (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1955 (Act 355) in parliament and blaming PAS for severing ties with PKR.
On ‘Jalinan Rakyat’, Zahid said it will be the main machinery in the election and urged all Umno members to be involved in the activities.
“We must strive to retain the seats won and increase the majority of votes and grab the seats from the opposition. The days of sabotage and ill feelings have passed, ” he added. –Bernama