So Pas wants to contest in 100 seats, with the goal of winning 40 seats. Pas secretary general Takiyuddin Hassan says the party has a better chance in urban areas due to what he thinks is growing acceptance by urban residents.
Well, he is entitled to his opinion. But I think he is being overoptimistic or maybe even dreaming.
The main reason Pas did well in urban areas was that it was part of an opposition coalition at a time when many urban folk rejected the BN.
This time around, the party may say it is not tied to any coalition – which many will find hard to swallow. Certainly Pas has a perception problem: many already view the party as friendly with or aligned to the BN. If that is the case, three questions arise:
- Will urban voters really back them this times around – when many are already disgruntled with the BN and now wary of Pas’ conservative streak ie focusing on issues of personal morality while seemingly overlooking the critical issues facing the nation?
- If Pas is involved in three-cornered contests, how realistic is Takiyuddin’s goal of winning 40 seats, especially when many urban voter will see the as party as ‘spoilers’?
- Will it end up being a regional party again confined to the East Coast?
Perhaps the real Pas goal is what one of its leaders suggested – to win enough seats to be the ‘king-maker’ in the event Pakatan and BN both come close to winning without an overwhelming majority.