Let’s look at Terengganu where Umno engineered the fall of the PAS state government in 1961.
The general election was held in August 1959. PAS, led by Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy, presented a manifesto to turn Malaya into an Islamic state.
In the 1959 state election which preceded the federal voting, PAS won 13 seats in the 24-seat Terengganu assembly to form the government under its Setiu Adun, Mohd Daud Abdul Samad.
The Alliance won seven seats while Parti Negara (Dato’ Onn Jaafar’s party) won four seats – see pie chart below.
Role of the Sultan
A little under 2½ years later on 30 Oct 1961, a vote of no confidence was passed against the Mohd Daud administration by the Terengganu DUN.
Two PAS and four Parti Negara Aduns defected to Umno, giving the Alliance 13 seats to form a simple majority.
“The Alliance victory in Terengganu was made possible largely through the internecine feuds within the PMIP [PAS] followed by the deadlock and incompetence which characterized its rule,” wrote political scientist Gordon P. Means in his book Malaysian Politics (p.231).
After the Sultan of Terengganu “refused the PAS state government’s request to hold a snap election and denied its chance to win back the mandate”, wrote Wong Chin Huat and James Chin in Varieties of Federal Governance: Major Contemporary Models (p.218), an Umno Menteri Besar was appointed.
Now back to Selangor
PAS has 15, DAP 15 and PKR 14 seats in the 56-seat assembly. Umno has 12.
- PAS + Umno = 27 seats
- PKR + DAP = 29 seats
Although PKR has 14 seats, Khalid Ibrahim is the PKR Adun for Port Klang. So minus Khalid’s own, PKR has only 13 seats.
Secondly, the Speaker does not vote. So take away one seat from DAP, which is the Speaker’s Subang Jaya. That leaves DAP with 14 seats minus Hannah Yeoh’s DUN.
- PAS-Umno (27) + Khalid Ibrahim (1) = 28 votes
- PKR (13 minus Khalid) + DAP (14 minus Speaker Hannah Yeoh) = 27 votes
So there you have it — 28:27.
Khalid as head of an Umno-PAS coalition will be able to secure 28 votes against Pakatan’s 27 votes in the Selangor state assembly.
Are Selangor Muslims happy with DAP evangelista leadership?
Madame Speaker demanded for the Menteri Besar to take action against JAIS over the Bibles seizure. Her former Personal Assistant, Rajiv Rishyakaran – now DAP evangelista Adun for Bukit Gasing – wants MAIS “neutered” (see FMT article above).
Construction of a four-storey church – see building notice (right) – is to begin in Seri Setia, the constituency of Deputy Speaker Nik Nazmi who recently received a 300 percent pay hike.
Clarion calls by the Christians – “Rise up and take Subang for Jesus!”, “Let’s take the city (KL) for our Lord!” can’t be too reassuring for the Muslims dwelling in Selangor.
The Chinese are just too loud and the Christians simply too aggressive. And boy are the DAP evangelistas cocky and bullies to boot.
Remember that PAS has been dreaming of an Islamic state ever since the party’s inception more than half a century ago. Perhaps Umno Selangor will make PAS an offer the Islamist party can’t refuse.