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UMNO-PH Coalition Possible, Says DAP MP

A DAP Member of Parliament has claimed that an UMNO and Pakatan Harapan coalition is possible after the 15th General Elections.

In a broadcasted interview with Pocketimes on Wednesday, Khoo Poay Tiong who is DAP’s Kota Melaka MP said that such cooperation to form a new Federal Government could be possible, if a hung Parliament happens.

DAP’s Poay Ting (bottom right)

“We can see that since 2018, the political landscape of the country has changed drastically where no single party or coalition could emerge with the majority.”

“We (DAP) believe that a hung Parliament is highly possible after GE15. It has happened in other European countries like Germany and France, where no single coalition emerged with the majority after the election.”

“So, two coalitions will have to negotiate to form a new government.”

“If this happens in Malaysia, how do we (DAP) deal with the situation? We will have to negotiate with other coalitions on how to form a new government.”

Poay Tiong who is also DAP’s Deputy Secretary General added, should any of such negotiations take place, it will be done via PH as a whole.

“We in DAP will negotiate with UMNO via PH as a whole, that means including our partners PKR, Amanah and UPKO. It is impossible for us in DAP to negotiate alone.”

Responding to Poay Tiong’s comments, Tan Seng Keat who is an independent analyst from Merdeka Centre warned that such arrangements may not augur well with DAP’s traditional voters.

“If you are familiar, I will use Germany as an example where two parties from the left and right formed the Federal Government together via a grand coalition.”

“The Free Democratic Party (FDP) is a centrist party who traditionally forms the government with other left-wing parties.”

“But in one election, the FDP decided to form a coalition with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) from the right-wing.”

“As a result of such cooperation, the FDP received voter backlash and lost the next election.”

Seng Keat was referring to the 2009 and 2013 German Federal Election.

In the 2009 German Election, Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU won 239 Bundestag (Federal Parliament) seats, 73 short of the 312-majority.

FDP who won 93 seats entered into a coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU and formed the new Federal Government, also known as the Second Merkel Cabinet.

Guido Westerwelle (FDP) and Angela Merkel (CDU/CSU)

But in the following German Election in 2013, the FDP was wiped out from the Bundestag. None of its 93 representatives were reelected and all of its candidates lost.

FDP’s (in yellow) swing between the 2009 and 2013 election

Apart from FDP in Germany, Seng Keat also cited the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom as an example.

“In UK, the centre-left Liberal Democrats in one election decided to form the government with the right-wing Conservatives.”

“The Lib Dems lost the next election.”

He was referring to the 2010 and 2015 United Kingdom General Election.

In 2010, the David Cameron-led Conservatives secured 306 Parliament seats, just 20 short of the 326-majority.

The Lib Dems who won 57 seats then entered into a coalition government with the Conservatives. Its Leader, Nick Clegg was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

Nick Clegg (Lib Dems) and David Cameron (Conservatives)

In the following General Election in 2015, the Liberal Democrats won just 8 seats, 49 seats lesser than it did in 2010.

Lib Dems’ losses

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