PAS keeping DAP away with a 10-foot spiked pole is just as I anticipated — see Tuan Ibrahim’s statement below.
Dapsters are wishfully thinking that should Muhyiddin resign, DAP would be back in Putrajaya with Anwar as their figurehead.
They also expect that their party’s 42 MPs would have a bigger clout than PAS’s 18 MPs in any political reconfiguration.
Cina DAP are wrong on both counts.
Real value of 18 vs 42
Firstly — yes DAP has 42 MPs but only one of them is a Malay Muslim, i.e. YB Tengku Zulpuri.
Sorry but all the tudung-wearing and Quran-quoting by DAP evangelicals don’t figure in the headcount.
The next ruling coalition requires a majority (111 MPs) or a ‘plurality’, meaning a bigger total than has the rival coalition although neither side meets the 111 threshold.
PAS’s 18 Malay MPs offer more political stability than the DAP’s one Malay plus 41 non-Malay non-Muslim MPs.
The majority or plurality viable to govern must also be Malay Muslim in majority or else something like the AG-CJ-Law Minister all Christians!! scenario would repeat itself.
PAS found the Tommy Thomas et al set-up unpalatable and thus Christian dominance was a destabilizing factor.
BELOW: The then AG Tommy Thomas doing the twist with other dancers on stage
Secondly — as I’d blogged earlier, the Sheraton Move has changed Malaysia forever.
The Sheraton Shuffle had created the first ever Malay government since Merdeka, and allowed the old and conservative establishment types to see that it is possible for our country to be governed without any Chinese input (bar one Lone Ranger, Wee Ka Siong).
The Sheraton Move is past and gone but its legacy remains — we’ve lived through a government without Chinese (excepting that sole MCA Transport Minister) and the sky has not fallen.
DAP supporters are doubtless insisting that the Cina component of their erstwhile Harapan government ranked a distinction in grade, and hence our country simply cannot do without the Chinese‘s priceless A+ contribution.
But as we’ve seen today, PAS disagrees with the (false) premise that DAP are invaluable to the government.
On the other hand, DAP is considered undeniably toxic by the Malay base, and Umno too is brandishing its own 10-foot pole to keep the evangelical party at bay.
Until GE15 is held, the deck of cards is limited to the current batch of 220 MPs.
If the deck is reshuffled this coming week(s), its majority/plurality alignment could still turn out in the shape of Sheraton 2.0.
The genie released in February 2020 cannot be put back into the bottle.