Analyst: BN’s ‘win-win’ strategy depends on component parties - Randau Sarawak


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Analyst: BN’s ‘win-win’ strategy depends on component parties

An academic has warned that Barisan Nasional’s (BN) move to ditch the “traditional seat” formula in the 14th general election (GE14) may backfire if component parties do not cooperate.

Speaking to FMT, Universiti Malaya political analyst Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the allocation of seats based on a “win-win” approach announced by BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor was the right move.

He said it would send a clear message to component parties to settle any disagreements before the election.

However, he also warned that party leaders would have to consider the top leadership’s decisions on which candidates were most suitable for a given constituency.

“They have to put aside their pride and ego, and not use the ‘traditional seat’ excuse to hold on to a seat,” he said.

He added that if component parties could not obey instructions from the top leadership, it could affect BN’s performance in GE14.

On Sunday, Tengku Adnan had said the BN leadership would discuss with component parties the matter of candidates for GE14.

“We will discuss with them. If you can win the seat, take it. If you can’t, give it to someone who can.”

Azman gave the example of the Bandar Tun Razak seat, which he said MCA should give up based on its performance and track record there.

“MCA lost twice in Bandar Tun Razak. It should not hold on to the seat anymore, although it feels that it is its traditional seat.

“The same goes for Cameron Highlands,” he said, referring to the seat held by MIC.

Azman said if component parties listened to the BN leadership, “all will be well”.

“Otherwise, it will worsen infighting pertaining to seat negotiations and allocations.”

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