70:30 too demanding, says analyst

Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abd Rahman

BY NUR SHAZREENA ALI & NATASHA JEE

KUCHING: The 70:30 percent seat allocation proposed by Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak to Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) is seen as too demanding, said political analyst Professor Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman.

He said the unevenness could stir dissatisfaction among component parties and its members, which could lead to a split.

“In other words, PSB thinks that it’s better if it goes into the state election alone,” he said when contacted on Monday (Feb 1).

Citing the collapse of the PH administration as an example, he further reckoned that PSB was aware on what would happen if the party accepted the offer.

“The idea of becoming a fraternity means that PSB has to be willing to sacrifice and share with other PH component parties.

“If PSB joins PH, they might get treated differently because the other parties under PH —DAP, Amanah, and PKR — have been working together for a long time,” he added.

He also said that the fact that PSB intends to contest in all 82 seats shows that the party has already gained support from the grassroots level.

“PSB intends to contest in all seats because they are confident of their candidates.

“If PSB accepts the 30 percent, their candidates will face challenges because it doesn’t reflect what the party has been preaching,” he pointed out.

However, Mohd Fadzil opined that it remains to be seen.

“I think PSB itself is still in the process of making decisions which could be beneficial to them,” he added.