KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 – The disagreement between Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) coalition parties PKR, DAP and PAS over the amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) would not likely cause a break-up, said a political analyst. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities senior lecturer Associate Professor Datuk Dr Samsul Adabi Mamat said this was based on several statements made by DAP leaders over the issue.
He explained that although DAP leaders did not agree with the move by their coalition ally, the statements released were merely speculative in nature. “There is no indication that showed PR would eliminate PAS from the coalition because DAP and PKR cannot get rid of PAS arbitrarily. “A break-up in PR can only happen if PAS announces its exit from PR, or the same is done by DAP, but I think that will not happen because they share the same vision, bigger than hudud, that is to topple Barisan Nasional,” he said.
He was commenting on the future of the three PR parties that were facing a public falling out after amendments to the Syariah Criminal Code II (1993) 2015 were passed by the Kelantan legislative assembly last week. Samsul said the PR leadership had seemingly discussed the matter and it could possibly be their strategy to show the disagreement to their political enemies. He said in reality, a break-up of PR would only harm the three parties and create other problems, especially at the Selangor state government level.
“If PAS, which holds 15 state assembly seats, exits PR, then it may join forces with Umno and that will bring the total number of seats to 27, with one Independent seat. “DAP and PKR only hold 28 state assembly seats so there may be efforts to rope in a PKR state representative to side with PAS and Umno to gain a simple majority. “Hence, the break-up will only complicate the situation and is unlikely to occur in the near future.”