Saturday, September 13, 2014

HIGH STAKES FOR PAS AS PENGKALAN KUBOR RACE BEGINS

pilihanraya kini     3:30 PM    




The Pengkalan Kubor by-election is increasingly looking like an opportunity for PAS to prove itself, as a victory against incumbent Umno could help the Islamist party re-establish its Malay support, as well as reassert itself as a worthy ally in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Already, the party’s national leadership has been at loggerheads with its PR partners over the Selangor mentri besar debacle, with both PAS and PKR failing to see eye-to-eye over who should be appointed to the post next.

Observers said the crisis has also exposed the widening rift in PAS between its conservative and progressive factions, which is believed to have cost the party some of its traditional Malay votes in the last federal polls.

“It (the by-election) will be a good yardstick for PAS’s strength among (the) Malay voters,” analyst Khoo Kay Peng

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