New Malay alliance not Borneo's cup of tea, says analyst

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Tony Paridi Bagang of Sabah UiTM doesn't foresee East Malaysian opposition parties quickly jumping on the Umno-PAS bandwagon.FMTNews

KOTA KINABALU: A political analyst has dismissed the possibility of any Borneo-based opposition party rushing to join the alliance that PAS and Umno are expected to formalise today.

Speaking of Sabah, he said the opposition parties there would place their ears close to the ground to find out voters’ reactions to the forging of the new pact in full awareness that there would now be an additional political option. “But It would be a challenge for the new pact to attract the non-Muslim Bumiputeras, especially the Kadazandusun Murut communities.”

“The aim of uniting the Malays is long over due,” he said. “Umno and PAS have implied they are willing to put aside their political differences to forge this pact.

 

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