PETALING JAYA – Pakatan Harapan (PH) hopes to form a coalition with parties in Sabah and Sarawak to form a government in the 15th General Election (GE15).
Deputy President of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), Rafizi Ramli said, so far PH is confident of obtaining a majority of parliamentary seats in the peninsula, but is still unable to obtain a simple majority.
Therefore, he said, PH needs a coalition of parties in Sabah and Sarawak to exceed the total of 112 seats to form a government.
“It is highly likely that PH will find the support of the people in the peninsula. As for Sabah and Sarawak, the only coalition that has clear support is Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
“For Sabah, there is no coalition that can get a clear mandate, the results will be split,” he said during a press conference at PKR Headquarters on Friday.
Rafizi also said that he had issued an open statement on this matter despite realizing that there had been disputes between PH and GPS in the past.
“Any disputes in the past should be put aside because the combination that can guarantee a stable government is between PH and GPS. The decision raised the will of the people. We will know the result late tomorrow night.
“I’m sure GPS is aware of this. They (GPS) will wait for the full results tomorrow. The response we have received so far has been helpful and positive,” he said.
Previously, the Premier of Sarawak, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg slammed PH because the coalition failed to fulfill its promises during the 22 months they ruled.
Abang Johari said, what Sarawak experienced when the country was under the administration of the PH government was enough of a lesson and the people of the state realized that the PH government was a failed government.
In a related development, when asked about PH’s confidence to win GE15, Rafizi said that PH’s victory depends on the number of people who turn out to vote.
He said, if the turnout exceeds 80 percent, then PH is confident of winning in more than 100 seats nationwide, especially in the peninsula.
“We are worried that the bad weather will affect turnout, but based on the image of bus tickets being sold out and the highway being congested, maybe the turnout will be higher than the last State Election (PRN),” he said.
Commenting on young voters aged 18 to 21, Rafizi said it is difficult to predict because there is no data.
“I hope young voters can see bigger issues and not just get it from social sites like TikTok.
“Use the remaining 24 hours to compare the content and narrative of the campaign more than TikTok influencers. We emphasize logic and not ‘hype’. I am sure the best product will win,” he said.
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