Saturday, May 11, 2013
Another Headache For Anwar As PAS Accepts GE13 Outcome
"Pakatan has failed to capture Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional," said Hadi, who nonetheless praised the opposition's own performance.
Hadi's conceding that the Opposition had lost GE13 is the latest blow for Anwar, who is still refusing to accept that Pakatan lost the election.
But while Hadi was commenting on the GE13 outcome, PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali was more measured in his assessment, saying it was very much a mixed result.
"Although we lost Kedah and failed to retake Perak, we retained Kelantan, Selangor and Penang, while gaining more ground in other states," he said in his summation of his party's fortunes.
The Umno vote held up well in the rural Malay heartlands, where PAS had expected to make most of its gains.
In overall terms PAS lost two seats in GE 13.
Meantime PAS has publicly backed PKR's Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as menteri besar of Selangor, but once again the Islamist party didn't miss the opportunity to make its point.
"We'll take the collective approach to govern (Selangor) and PAS is fully behind Khalid to be the menteri besar although PAS had won more seats," party president Hadi said.
Any fair analysis of PAS' fortunes at GE13 must conclude it was a bittersweet experience for the party. It failed to make the gains in line with its hopes and lost seats instead. It found itself diminished inside Pakatan while the DAP scored major gains.
Even Hadi was forced to acknowledge that the Chinese party had led the way for the Opposition.
Considering the animosity between the two parties in the past 12 months, that couldn't have been an easy thing for him to admit.