Better for Amanah to merge with DAP, analysts say on PKR tie-up proposal
They say this would allay Malay concerns about the Chinese-majority party.
(MalaysiaNow) – Analysts say a suggestion that Amanah work with PKR will not succeed in attracting the Malay vote to Pakatan Harapan (PH), adding that the PAS splinter will have a bigger impact if it joins forces with DAP.
Awang Azman Awang Pawi of Universiti Malaya said PKR already has Malay and Islamic elements through several of its main leaders.
If DAP works with Amanah, he added, Malay concerns about the Chinese-majority party will be eased.
“DAP could give Amanah the posts of deputy or vice-presidents, or a place on its Supreme Council,” he told MalaysiaNow.
“If this happens, it could dilute the ‘Chinese-ness’ of DAP which is frequently the target of perception and propaganda manipulation by its political foes.”
His remarks are in sync with those of Sungai Pelek assemblyman Ronnie Liu, who called for DAP to link up with other parties to become an entity that represents all races.
Most recently, he said that party would need rebranding to discard DAP’s Chinese image.