LAST_UPDATESun, 24 Jun 2018 11am

No, Chinese Voters Won’t Give PAS A Chance

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is difficult for the Chinese community to vote for PAS in the coming general election as the party’s moderate image has changed into a more conservative style, MCA Youth chairman Chong Sin Woon said.

Speaking to Berita Daily, Chong explained that PAS had the support of Chinese voters in the last two general elections because DAP convinced the Chinese that PAS was a better party than Umno.

PAS, DAP and PKR were formerly in the Opposition pact dubbed Pakatan Rakyat. The pact disintegrated after a fallout between PAS and DAP.

PAS is now virtually on its own, teaming up with lesser known parties and NGOs.

DAP on the other hand has formed an alliance with PKR, Amanah – a splinter party of PAS – and PPBM, led by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The pact is known as Pakatan Harapan.

“I don’t think the Chinese are going to support PAS this time. It is evident in two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar,” said Chong.

“In some ‘saluran’(lanes) PAS did not even get more than two votes. It is very much clear that PAS is losing support because they went from Negara Berkebajikan (welfare state) to wanting to implement Islamic laws such as hudud and amending the RUU.

“From moderates they have changed into something else, and it is DAP which helped PAS gain Chinese votes. PAS can only blame DAP for this,” Chong added.

PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday urged Chinese voters to give the Islamic party a chance, saying that PAS is a strong political party capable of stopping any unwarranted incident from occurring.

Long-time political observer Mohd Sayuti Omar meanwhile said Abdul Hadi’s call came too late.

He also said Abdul Hadi’s approach in several matters did not represent a multi-ethnic political sentiment.

He added that even the Chinese in Kelantan are no longer on PAS’ side.

“It is too late to ask the Chinese to vote for them now, after what he had said about the non-Muslims on issues regarding the Hudud law and RUU.

“I think Hadi had just woken up from a long deep sleep that he needs the Chinese votes. However, they will not even look at PAS now. Hadi’s political standard does not show that he is adopting a multi-ethnic political approach,” Sayuti said.

Universiti Malaya academic Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi opined that PAS might need to do some explanation on RUU and its political stand in order to win the hearts of the Chinese community.

However, he noted that the support will not be the same as in 2008 and 2013.

“PAS might have to go to the ground and try to engage with the Chinese community. They have to explain to them what RUU is and what their plans are for Malaysia.

“Maybe that would help but I don’t think that they will get the support like they received in the last two elections,” Awang Azman said.

- Berita Daily