Saturday, April 21, 2018
The reality of the opposition pact and who holds the power
Salleh Said Keruak
Zaid Ibrahim said DAP is a Chinese party and that is not wrong since Umno is a Malay party. While that is correct, the reality is, out of 222 parliament seats, more than 100 are Malay majority while more than two-thirds are Malay and Bumiputera majority. It is therefore crucial that DAP downplays its ‘Chinese-ness’ if it wants to win more than just 40 or 45 seats in parliament.
That is the reason for DAP’s strategy of discarding its rocket logo and for their candidates to contest under PKR’s logo. They need to create the perception that DAP is not dominating the opposition pact or else that will put off the Malay voters. DAP themselves admit that the use of PKR’s logo to contest GE14 is meant to win more Malay votes.
As usual, DAP is going to end up winning more seats than the other members of the opposition pact and that would mean DAP gets to dictate who becomes Prime Minister. While Dr Wan Azizah Ismail may be PKR’s President, the largest number of parliament seats would be won by DAP and not PKR. So DAP will call the shots as to who becomes Prime Minister and it will not be Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.