Analyst lists 3 hurdles for PH in run-up to polls

Jeniri-AmirPETALING JAYA: A political analyst has listed three challenges facing Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the run-up to the 14th general election (GE14), including mobilising and uniting the manpower of the four parties in the coalition.

Associate Professor Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak said PH must also build an efficient and effective machinery to take on the Barisan Nasional (BN).

The third challenge, he said, would be to find ways to attract support from among the youth and fence-sitters.

Jeniri welcomed the appointment of state PH chiefs yesterday as a good strategy to build voter confidence in the opposition pact.

However, he cautioned it would not be easy to go up against the BN as it had the advantage of incumbency although the ruling coalition was currently beset by a number of major issues, including a corruption scandal in Felda.

This was because BN enjoyed superior financial strength, he said.

“Financial clout is the major factor in fighting a general election. In addition, as the ruling party, the BN has control over policies and can fulfil their promises going into the polls,” he told FMT today.

Yesterday, PH announced the appointment of PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin to head the coalition in Johor, PPBM deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir in Kedah and Amanah Kelantan adviser Husam Musa in the east coast state.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali will lead PH in Selangor while PH in Penang will have DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the chief.

The other state PH chairmen are Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen (Sarawak), Sabah PKR chairman Christina Liew (Sabah), Perak PPBM chairman Ahmad Faizal Azumu (Perak), Melaka Amanah chairman Adly Zahari (Melaka), Terengganu Amanah chairman Raja Kamarul Bahrin (Terengganu), Pahang PKR chairman Fauzi Rahman (Pahang), Negeri Sembilan PKR chairman Aminuddin Harun (Negeri Sembilan), Perlis PPBM chief Ameir Hassan (Perlis) and DAP acting chairman Tan Kok Wai (Federal Territory).

Still, Jeniri believes it would be difficult for PH to challenge BN’s strong machinery at the grassroots level.

“The contest will be close but, without PAS in the opposition coalition, the obstacle may prove too difficult to overcome.”