Wow. Cina DAP are really a big bugbear for PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang who warned today that the Chinese party wants to give over control of Sarawak and the state’s wealth to the Chinese.
Speaking at a get-together in a longhouse in Bintulu, Hadi recalled that after the BN’s fall in GE14, Harapan came to power and with the DAP holding the biggest chunk of this new power.
Unfortunately, the DAP wants wealth for Chinese only, he said in his speech, “untuk orang Cina saja, bukan untuk semua”.
Other races are being left behind, lamented Hadi. “Ini pemerintahan yang tak betul”.
“That’s why we hope Sarawakians will prioritise for bumiputera and Malays to control Sarawak,” he urged.
“Tapi jangan orang Cina menguasai Sarawak ini,” he also cautioned, adding that this precaution did not imply that the Chinese were to be chased away.
“DAP mahu orang Cina menguasai Sarawak. Kita kena halang. Dengan sebab itu, Melayu, Iban, semua penduduk asal kena bersatu pertahankan kuasa bumiputera di Sarawak ini.”
As such, Hadi said PAS asks that the natives must not support the DAP or any parties working together with DAP.
PAS has always enjoyed consistent Malay support
Hadi is speaking from his party’s own bad experience in Pakatan Rakyat where PAS was constantly badmouthed and bullied by the DAP.
But never mind. PAS has only grown stronger since it left Pakatan Rakyat.
Bullet points below indicate the election years and the percentage of popular vote received by PAS:
- 2008 (member of Pakatan Rakyat) — 14.36%
- 2013 (member of Pakatan Rakyat) — 14.78%
- 2018 (member of Gagasan Sejahtera) — 16.99%
And in the next general election, PAS will receive an even higher percentage of the popular vote. I promise.
Note: PAS is recorded under ‘Gagasan Sejahtera’ in the GE14 results table below sourced from an academic paper written by IIUM Assoc. Prof. M. Moniruzzaman.
Despite a decrease of three parliament seats from 2013 when it was a part of Pakatan Rakyat, PAS actually benefited from a 2.2 percent vote swing – see table above – in 2018 polls when the party contested as a third force.
Its increased 17 percent vote share in GE14 is PAS’s second best showing since general elections began in Malaysia (1964-2018). PAS’s best performance was in the 10 May 1969 general election where the party obtained 20.67 percent of the total vote.
(Before the formation of Malaysia in 1963, a general election was held in Malaya in 1959.)
PAS’s substantial slice of the electoral pie is pretty impressive considering that the party barely contests in Sabah and Sarawak as well as lacking a warm reception in West Coast urban areas that are highly multiracial.
This formidable vote harvest means PAS really has a huge Malay base, including urban professionals.
The chart above utilizes estimates from ‘PRU13: Analisis Prestasi Parti PAS‘ at Dahalmi blog. It shows PAS’s voter support in GE12 & GE13 in the green crescent as well as in Perak and Selangor.
Among the Malays in these five states, support for PAS ranges between 40 and 55 percent – the lowest being in Perak at 40.4% and the highest in Kelantan at 55.3%.
Influence in the Malay heartland is shared with Umno and remained uniformly solid for PAS in Kelantan and Terengganu. Support for PAS was only slightly dented in Kedah during GE13 when Mukhriz Mahathir lent his star power to the Umno charge.
BELOW: That brief moment in time when Chinese Pakatan people said they “sokong hudud”
PAS recorded the poorest ever electoral showing in its history when the party allied itself indirectly to the DAP for the first time in 1990 through the Gagasan Rakyat triangulation with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as intermediary. In that year’s election, PAS obtained only seven percent (7.01%) of the popular vote nationwide.
Staying in a coalition with the DAP has not otherwise moved the needle either way for PAS. In the two elections (GE12 & GE13) that PAS was the DAP’s Pakatan Rakyat coalition partner, its popular vote hovered at 14-plus percent.
In the 1999 election that PAS and the DAP were together under Barisan Alternatif, PAS’s share of popular vote was 14.99%.
In the elections where PAS had nothing to do with the DAP, its popular vote hovered at an average of 15-plus percent — 1978 (15.5%), 1986 (15.5%).
As the data shows, holding hands with the DAP does nothing to improve PAS’s political fortunes, so their parting of ways in 2015 was no loss. DAP bring nothing to the table but cheap sloganeering and depart littering their mean spiritedness and malice everywhere.
BELOW: PAS sec-gen Takiyuddin Hassan also celebrating Malaysia Day in Bintulu, Sarawak