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MOU With UMNO PM May Affect PH’s Chances In Johor

Pakatan Harapan (PH) may be on shaky grounds, due to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri.

According to ground feedback by malaysiasentinel.com reporters currently stationed in Johor, a number of respondents were surprised to learn about the MOU.

PH leaders with UMNO’s Ismail Sabri

Tan Chin Hock, who resides in Taman Century, Johor Bahru was puzzled when asked about his views on the MOU signed.

“MOU? What is that?”

When shown news reports of the MOU signed in September 2021, the 59 year old hawker questioned if PH is now part of the government.

“Does this mean PH is now part of the government? Isn’t PH the Opposition? Why did PH sign something with the Prime Minister?”

Apart from Chin Hock, 62 year old Loi Cheng Vun who is from Muar said that a friend had in the past told him about the cooperation between the government and opposition, but is not aware of the details.

“My friend told me about a signing between the government and opposition. But I do not know what is it about.”

“Thinking of it, nothing surprises me anymore. The politics is so messy these days. The government and the PM keeps changing. Everyone is jumping until I cannot keep up with who is where.”

“So I am not surprised if there is a cooperation between the government and opposition, because the politicians are all the same.”

“I am disappointed but as a normal voter, there is not much I can do. It is better to take care myself and my family. My eldest is now helping me in my small business.”

Anthony Boon who is a sales executive with an insurance company said that he is not bothered with the current political developments.

“I used to support and campaign for PH before 2018. But it is better to focus working hard now, especially during this pandemic.”

“There is no point voting because they are all the same. In the end the politicians continue to enjoy their salary while we voters have to take care of ourselves.”

The 32 year old added that the infamous Sheraton Move was a major turning point for him, but the MOU was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.

“Our democratic rights were robbed by power-hungry politicians behind the Sheraton Move.”

“But what made me totally give up is the MOU. The people I campaigned and voted for have cooperated with those robbers.”

In Skudai, an aide to a first-time DAP candidate who spoke on condition of anonymity admitted that political fatigue could dampen PH’s chances.

DAP leaders and candidates in a press conference recently

“A lot of our voters are outstation. It is critical they come back to vote.”

Sharing more, he said that low voter turnout will unlikely affect DAP’s traditional seats, but the same could not be said for the mixed seats.

“I think the seats with 50% Chinese voters will still be won by DAP. Maybe smaller majority, but still winnable.”

“But the mixed seats of DAP and PKR will be affected.”

In September last year, political analyst Oh Ei Sun of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs had warned that the MOU had effectively esmasculated the Opposition.

“We don’t actually have an effective opposition any more. It will be the whole country uniting around this government; the opposition will have to swim or sink with this government.”

Last month, he again warned that the credibility and integrity of PH had been damaged in the eyes of voters the moment it signed the MOU.

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