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‘Voters unfazed by Pakatan woes’

 | November 2, 2012

He believes voters are too keen to see the end of BN to pay attention to the bad press.

KOTA BARU: Pakatan Rakyat remains on the road to electoral victory despite reports of trouble within and between the parties making up the alliance, according to PAS Supporters Assembly Adviser Hu Phang Chaw.

Speaking to FMT, he said he based his confidence on impressions he had gained from the ground in his travels around the country.

“The winds of change are blowing, most profoundly in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said. “Pakatan also senses this in other hardline BN states such as Johor and Pahang. If these states are moving away from BN, we can expect at least a similar movement in such borderline states as Malacca and Negri Sembilan.”

He conceded that all three Pakatan parties—PAS, DAP and PKR—were currently troubled by infighting and that there were differences between the parties themselves, but he said these were not serious enough to sidetrack them from the march to Putrajaya and less significant than the electorate’s determination to be rid of Barisan Nasional.

“People have just had enough of BN,” he said. “They want a change, period.”

Lately, BN-friendly news organisations have become more energetic in playing up reports that put Pakatan in a negative light. These include speculation about the health of the Kedah and Kelantan menteri besar, an alleged friction between the Penang Chief Minister and one of his deputies, and an alleged splitting of ways between Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and Selangor PKR chief Azmin Ali.

Hu said the truth or falsehood of these allegations had little bearing on the public’s impression that a Pakatan government would be a better choice than BN.

“The so-called silent majority are whispering to Pakatan leaders that they want a change in Putrajaya,” he said.

He also said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s decision to put off calling for the 13th general election was working to Pakatan’s advantage.

The delay was allowing Pakatan to reach out to more people, he said, adding that attendances at Pakatan public functions were becoming bigger by the day.

PAS vice-president Sallehuddin Ayub was more cautious in his assessment of Pakatan’s chances.

He said it was “a bit too early” to predict victory, but agreed with Hu that signs from the ground indicated a mood for change.

“There are growing signs that victory is attainable,” he said.


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