PAS to try for 40 seats in next general election

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

SHAH ALAM, June 7 – At the next general election, the Islamist party is planning to contest 40 parliamentary seats in rural areas especially Felda communities in Pahang, Johor, Perak and Terengganu.

The motion was accepted without any debate at the party’s 55th general assembly.

They believe that Malaysians have started to reject Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) with the big swing to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) at the 12th general election.

The party is confident that they will be able to break through “fortress Umno” with public sentiments increasingly going against the ruling coalition. They hope that PR will able to rule Malaysia by the 13th general election in 2011.

In the last general election, BN suffered the worst result in the coalition’s history. BN was only able to secure 140 seats and it marked the first time that the coalition did not win a two-thirds majority in parliament.

PAS currently have parliamentary seats in Kelantan (8), Kedah (6), Terengganu (2), Perak (2), Selangor (4) and Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (1).

The motion also urged PAS to establish a special committee for co-ordinating grassroots machinery and strategy.

It also asks for an allocation of RM1 million a year to help fund the project. -MalaysianInsider