10 reasons why PAS will likely topple PH in the Simpang Jeram state by-election
PH’s position in Simpang Jeram is “quite critical” with the coalition potentially losing the seat based on the voter trend of the 18 to 25 age group towards Perikatan Nasional (PN).
(Focus Malaysia) – A SECULAR-MINDED retired DAP supremo Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang has rallied voters of the Pulai and Simpang Jeram by-elections on Sept 9 to ensure that Johor must refrain from joining the rank of Kelantan whose GDP (gross domestic product) per capita has dropped to less than one third of Malaysian average after over three decades under the PAS government.
But will that economic concern appeal to ordinary folks in the Pulai parliamentary and Simpang Jeram state constituencies amid rife speculation that PAS will most likely inflict defeat on the incumbent Pakatan Harapan (PH) especially in the contest for the state seat?
This sense of uncertainty comes as researcher Associate Prof Dr Mazlan Ali from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has predicted a form of rejection among Malay voters against the unity government stemming from their dissatisfaction with the current economic situation.
Concurring with Mazlan, Ilham Center executive director Hisomuddin Bakar has described PH’s position in Simpang Jeram as being “quite critical” with the coalition potentially losing the seat based on the voter trend of the 18 to 25 age group towards Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Hisomuddin has contended that such rejection stemmed from the appointment of individuals implicated with corruption as national leaders in addition to the failure of the unity government did to win the hearts of young voters.
Apart from the observations by Mazlan and Hisomuddin, former senior lecturer in the Creative Technology and Heritage Faculty at Universiti Malaysia Kelantan Mukhtaruddin Musa has earmarked a further eight reasons why PAS candidate Dr Mohd. Mazri Yahya is able to inflict a surprise blow on his Amanah counterpart Nazri Abdul Rahman in Simpang Jeram.