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COMMENT | 10 reasons why Harapan must spurn Muda

COMMENT | And so, Muda wants to join Pakatan Harapan for GE15. What else is new? The only way that Muda can win any seats in the 15th general elections is to align themselves with stronger, longer-established parties either in government or in opposition.

If they thought that they could win seats without this, would they even bother to hold hands with Harapan in the forthcoming elections? Obviously not. Which is why its president, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, has publicly announced that it wants to join Harapan.

Not only that, he is demanding that they be given 15 parliamentary seats to contest in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak. If there is a groundswell against Umno/BN and PN in the wake of the Najib Abdul Razak trials, Syed Saddiq and Muda may well become the kingmakers. Now, we can’t have that, can we.

Still, it has not stopped desperate parties within Harapan to court the suave, well-spoken and canny Syed Saddiq. Both DAP and Amanah had an electoral pact with them in Johor but it did absolutely nothing for them but gained Muda one seat which DAP gifted. Muda even contested against PKR in one of the seats.

Many are taken up by Syed Saddiq and his ability to speak to and even galvanise the young and the affluent. Among the urban intelligentsia, he enjoys support out of all proportion to Muda’s base which is rather small right now and which has no political infrastructure to speak of.

Here are 10 reasons why Harapan should reject Muda’s advances to conjugate for...

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