THE newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia will be buried at the upcoming 14th general elections some 700 days from now.
Those are the observations of several political analysts on the new party led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Most analysts are of the view that the new party as a race-based party is already shunning away the non-Bumiputera from joining.
Secretary of Political, Security and International Affairs Cluster, National Professors Council, Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Halim Sidek said Pribumi’s readiness in championing the people was questionable while UMNO has a brilliant track record.
“The new party would only appear before GE14 and would be buried afterwards as happened to UMNO splinter Semangat 46,” Abdul Halim told Bernama on August 12.
Analysts however said, the new party could win based on personalities, of which voters will choose their most preferred leader such as former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.
On that merit, Muhyiddin, Mukhriz and even former Rural Development Minister and UMNO vice president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal stands a chance to win at their respective constituencies.
But Party Pribumi alone is unlikely to topple UMNO and take over Putrajaya because UMNO is strong with 70 years of rich history in helping the people.
Furthermore, the opposition is weak where PAS is not united with the rest of its opposition members.
To make it worse, PAS itself is split into two with the formation of splinter party Parti Amanah led by its former Deputy President Mat Sabu.
To further aggravate the situation, DAP’s secretary general Lim Guan Eng is also plagued with his own corruption scandal.
Gua Musang member of parliament Tan SRI Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said no one will join Party Pribumi as it is no more than a platform by Mahathir to continue with his political agenda together with his cronies.
“There is nothing special about the party and it will be hard to attract the younger generation which is more open towards unity and harmony,” he told reporters at University Malaya on August 11.
MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai meanwhile said Party Pribumi will not last long as it is skewed only towards Bumiputera and does not represent the multiracial community in this country.
Similarly Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah MD Hanipah also shared the same sentiment saying he is unfazed with Parti Pribumi and expects a majority of UMNO members will continue to support UMNO.
So all these factors contributes towards a stronger UMNO which is not easily shaken at its core by an insignificant new party which has yet to prove itself with no track record to speak of.
It is unlikely that Party Pribumi will dent UMNO and propsects of Barisan Nasional winning a simple majority at the upcoming 14th general elections is bright.
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.