Muda on path to irrelevance like Pejuang, PSM, says analyst

Muda’s limited participation in the Aug 12 state elections shows it is only a fringe party and suggests it may be on the path towards irrelevance, says a political analyst.

(FMT) – Mazlan Ali of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia said Muda’s decision shows it is not a mainstream party and cannot serve as a viable alternative to Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan.

He said Muda risks going down a path similar to Pejuang, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and Ibrahim Ali’s Putra, which he described as small parties without a track record of winning in any election.

“I expect (all) Muda (candidates) to lose their deposits. They will be defeated in all the contested seats because, I believe, voters will not choose Muda.

“They will opt for PH, which has been long-established in Malaysia and has proven its ability to form the government,” Mazlan told FMT.

Previously, Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said the party would only contest 10% of the 245 state seats up for grabs in the Aug 12 elections in Selangor, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Kedah and Terengganu.

So far, Muda has announced 20 candidates who will contest in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Penang and Terengganu. Nineteen of them will contest in constituencies PH won in the 14th general election.

Mazlan warned that the decision to contest for seats previously held by PH risks widening Muda’s rift with the coalition, and may see the party “completely rejected” for being disloyal.

James Chin of the University of Tasmania agreed with Mazlan, saying PH would become even more incensed with Muda if PN were to win seats due to a split in votes caused by the presence of Muda’s candidates.

“The biggest danger for PH is in seats where they hold a small majority. Muda will (eat into) their votes and this will allow PN to win.

“If that happens, I think Muda’s chances of getting into PH (after the state elections) will be completely burnt because PH cannot afford to lose,” said Chin.