In recent Malaysian political developments, impatience and strategic moves have taken center stage. Abdul Hadi Awang, a prominent political figure, urged voters to support his PN coalition during the August 12 state elections, claiming it could lead to the overthrow of the federal government. However, this assertion faced several challenges.
Firstly, it’s important to note that state-level coalition compositions do not directly impact the federal government’s authority. Despite this, the federal government maintained a two-thirds majority in parliament, an achievement not seen in 15 years, making defections to succeed an unlikely scenario.
Furthermore, Malaysia introduced anti-hopping laws, complicating defections without legal consequences. As a result, the unity government bloc managed to retain control over three states, and the feared collapse did not materialize.
Hadi’s desperation was evident in his attempt to repeat this narrative during the recent Pulai by-election, where he argued that winning one additional seat could spark momentum for a federal government change, though this idea was met with skepticism.
PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) voters, in particular, have been growing increasingly impatient. When PAS was part of the federal government between 2020 and 2022, its state constituencies received substantial allocations, amounting to RM3.5 million per year. However, as the opposition now, these constituencies are deprived of such allocations, causing dissatisfaction among voters.
Former PAS ulama council member Datuk Dr. Khairuddin Aman Razali pointed out that Hadi needed to give the impression that these allocations were forthcoming, hence resorting to the “government collapse” narrative.
Despite efforts to elicit defections and change the government in Perak state, which is under the unity government’s control, there hasn’t been a significant shift in political dynamics.
Moving forward, there are two possible paths: the unity government could consider providing equal funding to all seats to alleviate Hadi’s impatience, or it could wait to see how Hadi’s actions evolve. Nevertheless, it’s clear that PAS’s over-confidence may be jeopardizing its chances in the current political landscape as impatience and strategic narratives continue to shape Malaysian politics.