KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13, 2016:
DAP’s intention to field eight Malay candidates for the Selangor Assembly during the coming general election is not wishful thinking.
Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) political analyst Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani said DAP had high potential, especially in city areas that have a mixed electorate, but with Malays as the majority.
He said DAP felt their strength was in the city, where the party could work hard to champion economic issues, including the rising cost of living affecting voters.
“In city areas, voters don’t care much about race. Hence, DAP feels that it can put up a Malay candidate and it can still win.
“However, in the city and town outskirts and rural areas, it may be difficult because voters are influenced by religious and racial sentiments. Economic issues, especially the Goods and Service Tax (GST), already affects the masses,” he told The Rakyat Post.
Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua had said before this that the party planned efforts at the grassroots level to take over eight state seats occupied by PAS.
The eight seats were Seri Serdang, Dusun Tua, Taman Templer, Tanjong Sepat, Chempaka, Lembah Jaya, Paya Jaras and Meru.
Among the names mentioned were former Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia lecturer Dr Aziz Bari, Selangor DAP committee member Young Syefura Othman and Taman Templer assemblyman Edry Faizal Eddy Yusof.
Mohd Azizuddin said if DAP wanted to put up Malay candidates in the coming Sarawak elections, it would also not be a risky move.
He said DAP had previously placed Malay candidates and there were those who won in certain areas like Raub and Bukit Bendera, with Members of Parliament Datuk Mohamad Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz and Zairil Khir Johari respectively, as well as Mentakab assemblyman Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji.
“So it is DAP’s right to place candidates who are Malay, Chinese or Iban. Malay candidates are seen as ‘testing the market’ to see how much support the rakyat gives to DAP.
“In the general election before this, people cast votes based on party factors or the candidate themselves. Many DAP candidates have won on the strength of the party’s policies.
“So DAP may want to see how much support there is for the party if they put up Malay candidates. Even if they lose, it will be a preparation for the next election.”