Possible wipeout? Observers see no hope for Bersatu in GE15
Big guns like Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin could also lose seats as party’s influence wanes, say academics
(The Vibes) – Unimaginable as it may have seemed two years ago, when Bersatu led the federal government and appeared to command firm support on the ground, the party now possibly faces the bleak prospect of a wipeout in the looming general election.
A combination of a number of factors – including public acrimony towards party hoppers, its role in the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government, and its own waning influence – could potentially lead to Bersatu’s downfall, political observers project.
One analyst went as far as predicting the party would possibly return from the polls empty-handed.
This perhaps explains its continued push to form political alliances with rival parties – after an initial failed attempt to cooperate with Barisan Nasional (BN), Bersatu and its coalition Perikatan Nasional (PN) mooted the idea of working with Pakatan Harapan (PH), which was rejected.
Possibly out of desperation, Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday his party was willing to consider an electoral pact with the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad-led Pejuang, indicating his awareness of where his outfit currently stands.