Faizal Azumu disputes “green wave” narrative, citing unfounded fears among non-Muslims voters
BERSATU deputy president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu insisted that the term “green wave,” associated with the rise of Perikatan Nasional (PN) following the 15th General Election (GE15), is inaccurate and raises unfounded fears among non-Malay voters.
(Sinar Daily) – According to the former menteri besar of Perak, the more appropriate term to describe the awakening of the people’s rejection of leaders who prioritise personal interests is the “wave of the people.”
“There has been a significant shift in Malay voter support toward PN in GE15, particularly in states with a majority of Malay voters, such as Kelantan, Terengganu, and Kedah, which has now extended throughout the country,” he told Sinar Premium on Sunday.
Faizal Azumu shared his views when asked about the implications of the “green wave” phenomenon on PN’s prospects in the upcoming state elections in six states.
Former health minister Khairy Jamaluddin recently disagreed with the term “green wave” used by some DAP leaders, including Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang, to describe PN’s revival in GE15.
Khairy believed the term carried negative connotations, linking PN’s rise to religious extremism rather than representing the color green associated with Pas.
Similarly, Bersatu supreme leadership council member Muhammad Faiz Na’aman described the term ‘green wave’ as just propaganda to spread negative connotations against the PN.
“For a state with a Malay majority, the term ‘green wave’ may not cause problems, but for a state like Selangor, it is less appropriate to use.
“Thus, in facing the state election in Selangor, the PN needs to lead a struggle that focuses on various agendas related to the interests of the Rakyat,” he said.
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Muhammad Faiz stressed that PN should focus on economic and local issues such as the environment and integrity when campaigning in Selangor.
He stressed the importance of avoiding sensitive topics related to race, religion, and rulers and refuted claims that PN exploits racial issues for political gain.
“We do not touch on sensitive issues that are considered 3R (race, religion, rulers) by the other party and we also want to reject the claim that PN uses race issues to promote the party,” said Muhammad Faiz.
Meanwhile, a political analyst insisted that PN cannot be comfortable with the rise of a wave of the rakyat in their favour following GE15.
O2 Research Malaysia chief researcher, Anis Anwar Suhaimi insisted that the PN needs to offer strong leadership and a better strategic plan in facing the six-state state election, especially in Selangor.