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Friday, December 23, 2016

Fence-sitters will be kingmakers in GE14, says Ibrahim Ali

Perkasa chief also says these fence-sitters are likely to vote for PPBM in the 14th general election.

ibrahim-aliKUALA LUMPUR: Malay fence-sitters are likely to vote for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in the 14th general election, Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali said.
The president of the Malay right-wing group said this was because many were unsure about the purported alliance between PAS and Umno.
PPBM has yet to join Pakatan Harapan — which comprises DAP, PKR and Amanah — although it has formed an electoral pact with the opposition coalition to ensure straight fights against the Barisan Nasional in the impending nationwide polls.
The party, chaired by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is however keen on working with PAS. The Islamist party is open to this provided the tie-up does not harm its interests.
PAS, on the other hand, is adamant about not working with DAP and Amanah.
“This uncertainty makes it difficult to see where PH and PAS are heading,” Ibrahim said at a press conference here this evening.
Malay fence-sitters, the former Pasir Mas said, would not only vote for PPBM, but were likely to be the kingmakers.
This, he added, would likely have an effect on Umno and PAS’ chances in GE14 as they had in the past been banking on the support of fence-sitters.
Ibrahim had previously said protest votes by the Malay community would either go to PAS or Umno.
“It’s different now.”
Earlier this week, Ibrahim said BN was likely to win GE14 due to its election machinery, and the support of the police and army. -FMT

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