KUALA LUMPUR: Pas’ move to contest on its own in the coming 14th General Election, will not only undermine itself but also drag down the other opposition parties.
The effect of this, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a blogpost today, will see Barisan Nasional coming out tops in a contest which may also involved three-cornered fights.
He said based on previous achievements, if Pas goes ahead with the intention to contest in 80 parliamentary seats, the party will not likely to secure more than 15 seats.
“Most of the 80 seats, Pas knows that it will lose. But based on the party's tradition, in places where it has no hope, the party will contest too,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said when Pas contested in the polls on its own, the party's achievement were quite low.
He said only in the first general election held in 1959 that the party won 13 seats; 1964 - nine seats, and the third general election, 12 seats.
When it became a component member of BN in 1974, Pas managed to secure 13 seats, he said.
Dr Mahathir said after separating from BN in 1978, it won five seats, in 1982 - five seat and in 1986, only one seat, in the three respective general elections.
“Instead, when Pas was with Semangat 46 and indirectly with DAP, it won seven seats respectively in 1990 and 1995.
“Only when it was together with PKR and DAP in the Barisan Alternatif in 1999, did Pas win 27 seats, its highest.
He added that the party's performance had fallen drastically, when it did not join the Barisan Alternatif in 2004, where it only won seven seats.
Dr Mahathir said when Pas rejoined the opposition via Pakatan Rakyat with DAP and PKR, it saw the party’s fortunes improving by winning 23 seats in 2008 and 21 seats in 2013 general election.