Zaid: PH should give Mahathir, other leaders, safer seats
Former minister says even Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is chairman of both PPBM and PH, is not necessarily assured of victory.
PETALING JAYA: Former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim has called on Pakatan Harapan (PH) component parties to safeguard leaders such as Dr Mahathir Mohamad if the opposition pact wants a fighting chance in the 14th general election (GE14).
Agreeing with Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali that the seats allotted to Mahathirâs party, PPBM, were difficult ones, Zaid said a fresh look at the seat allocation was needed.
âJust consider Tun Dr Mahathir having to choose (as reported) Langkawi, Putrajaya or Kubang Pasu.
âThese are not the constituencies that can give Pakatan Harapan any certa inty of having him as their prime minister, unless they are not very concerned about his chance of winning in the first place.
âIf Pakatan Harapan leaders arenât bothered about the risks to Tun Dr Mahathir, then I say to them that they are selfish, and selfishness will not bring victory. They should have allotted safer seats to those leaders they want to lead the country, regardless of which party that person belongs to,â he said in a statement today.
At the PH convention last Sunday, it was announced that PPBM would run for election in 52 parliamentary constituencies in Peninsular Malaysia, PKR in 51, DAP in 35 and Amanah in 27.
On Tuesday, Ibrahim said the seats assigned to PPBM in the polls appeared to be âGrade Câ seats in which the party would face a tough fight from Umno.
Zaid said even Mahathir, who is chairman of PPBM and PH, was not assured of victory as âMelayu mudah lupaâ (Malays forget easily), a line famously used by the f ormer prime minister.
In 2006, he said, Mahathir had failed in his bid to be voted in by Umnoâs Kubang Pasu division as a delegate for the partyâs general assembly that year, despite being the MP of the constituency when he was prime minister.
âHe was defeated. Do you think that, with sufficient âincentivesâ, these Umno warriors will have any problem abandoning him again?
âAs for Putrajaya, do you think that civil servants and teachers, who have no shame donning Umno shirts and colours and singing Umno songs â" and who have promised to work for Umno in this election â" will suddenly become âHang Jebatsâ who care about truth and justice?â
Zaid, who is a DAP member, said the other three parties in PH should safeguard leaders like Mahathir, Muhyiddin Yassin and Hatta Ramli by allocating them seats that are more winnable.
âThere are no easy seats but some are more winnable than others,â he said.
He added that PH supporter s should stop arguing over the choice of Mahathir and instead focus on efforts to win the election.
He said there were those who appeared to want Umno and Barisan Nasional to lose, but who would not stop talking about the âbad thingsâ done by Mahathir during his tenure as prime minister.
âThese âMahathir-hatersâ will remain unsatisfied no matter what your explanation is. So why bother?
âThe game has started and itâs too late to change the captain on the field.â
Source: Google News