ABU activist Haris Ibrahim wants PAS to make way for PKR based on two reasons.
“PAS HQ (central leadership) needs to come to their ABU senses and communicate to PAS Labuan that PKR is going to contest in Labuan come the 13th general election,” said Haris in a blog posting today.
The Labuan parliament seat has always been contested by PAS. However they had not fared well as they end up the biggest losers.
In the 2004 general election, PAS’ Matusin Abdul Rahman garnered 3,186 votes against Umno’s Suhaili Abdul Rahman 11,087 votes.
In the 2008 polls, Matusin lost his deposit with only 1,106 votes against Yusof Mahal who garnered 10,471 votes and independent Lau Seng Kiat who came second with 2,014 votes.
A Sabah newspaper, Daily Express had reported last week that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim had given his green light for PAS to contest.
However, Haris said that PKR, if given the chance to contest in Labuan, will be able to wrestle the seat from Umno based on two reasons.
The first reason, he said, is that the rest of the state level opposition parties, aside from PAS, are ready to back a PKR candidate.
“The local leadership of PKR, DAP and SAPP are ready.
“STAR, from Sabah, has told me that they are ready to back a good PKR candidate,” said Haris who added that a candidate has already been identified but did not name him in his blog.
The second reason is that the local community prefers a non-PAS candidate.
In a blog posting written in March, Haris stated: “The locals I spoke to in Labuan feel that given local sentiment, a non-PAS Malay candidate has a better chance of displacing Umno/BN come the next elections.
“Specifically, they have stated a preference for a Malay candidate from PKR.
“The DAP, PKR and SAPP members and leaders I spoke to share this view,” said Haris in that article.
Haris is also confident of PKR’s chance of winning the Labuan seat because Labuan PKR is now united unlike in March when it was split in to two factions.