THE recent announcement by DAP-led government that Penang may face a snap election certainly piqued the interest of the Malaysian public.
Not only it will be the first time Penang will be having snap polls separate from the rest of the country, it is also being held at a time when there is a lot of controversy surrounding the state leadership.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is facing not one but TWO corruption charges and somehow he felt that a snap polls must be called in order to gauge the public support towards the Pakatan Harapan government.
Here is the thing, everyone knows whether if an election is called today, next month or even next year in Penang, it is almost certain Pakatan will maintain control of the state.
So, why do you need a snap election?
My theory is, Guan Eng would want to ride on the public’s ‘sympathy’.
If he calls it now, most would be ‘mesmerised’ by his carefully worded rhetorics and give an overwhelming victory for Pakatan.
If he waits until the decision, more details of his bungalow purchase may be revealed and its effects on the public support could be negative.
Realising that, as a political warrior, Guan Eng knows it is his responsibility to secure Penang for the third time, at least for Pakatan.
Keen political observers will notice that out of the three Opposition-held states, Penang supposed to be its strongest fort.
Losing Penang or even not getting two third majority there will derail Pakatan’s plan of capturing Putrajaya.
However, if DAP kept on insisting there should be a snap polls, it only indicates their selfishness in maintaining their grip in Penang.
With PAS entering in the fray, it is almost certain UMNO will be the biggest winners if a snap poll is to be called in Penang.
We may even see UMNO denying Guan Eng a two thirds majority which is winning more than 13 seats.
UMNO currently has 10 out of the 40 seats.
Winning another three seats is not an impossible task considering the current political situation.
If Gerakan,MCA and MIC could somehow deliver another three seats, it will reduce the Pakatan Harapan government to a simple majority.
If that happens, the biggest loser if Penang were to call for an election is PKR.
If they could not maintain their current 10 seats, who knows, their state exco positions may be taken away from them.
This goes to show that despite all the talk, the only thing DAP ever cared for are themselves.
Khairul Amir is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.