WITH the current political climate in the country, it is hard for any political parties to make headway, be it established or new ones.

Therefore, it is odd for anyone to start a new party aiming to make breakthroughs in the next elections, which should be called within the next two years.

You may say Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad may have the pedigree to pull it off but I digress.

A party that is set up solely to replace UMNO may not gain any traction within the current Malaysian electorate.

Tun Mahathir and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Even the foundations are not that solid. With an ageing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin marked as the head honcho of the new party, it may not even survive this one election.

So why Dr Mahathir even cared to establish a new party?

I may have several theories but the most prevalent one is his apparent hatred at losing.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had outsmarted him at every corner in this long political saga and as a former Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir would not rest until the current UMNO President is knocked off his perch.

Dr Mahathir may think that creating a new party is the answer but how far is this true?

Remember, UMNO and Barisan Nasional has a solid supporter base.

Any party outside of the ruling coalition is considered as opposing to the values and ideals subscribed by the staunchest of Barisan Nasional supporters.

Therefore, whoever inclined to vote for Dr Mahathir’s party will most likely come from UMNO haters, which is clearly supporters of Pakatan Harapan and PAS.

With the addition of this new party, certainly some electoral seats shall be given to them to contest.

The question is, where will these seats come from?

Pakatan Harapan leaders

Who or rather which political party would be ‘kind’ enough to loan some seats to this new party?

DAP? PKR? Neither would want to lose their current seats in the Parliament.

The obvious losers would be Amanah and due to both parties being relatively new as compared to other more well-established parties, I believe they would cancel each other out.

This would eventually lead to a stalemate between the competing political parties which in turn will benefit Barisan Nasional.

It might mean the Najib-led coalition winning two-thirds majority in the next General Elections.

Syed Akram Syed Hussein is an independent political and economic 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.


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