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Malays need a protector against liberalism says Muhyiddin’s party youth leader

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A deputy minister and senator sitting in the Malaysian cabinet of Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob says ex-PM’s Muhyiddin Yassin’s party, the Bersatu left the Pakatan Harapan government in 2020 because of the coalition’s ‘liberalism’.

At least, he is saying that Harapan’s liberalism was one of the reasons his party quit the Harapan-led government in the 2020 Sheraton Move.

Harapan’s branding, he believes, would undermine bumiputera support, as seen by the party’s poor showing in recent Malacca, Sarawak, and Johor state elections.

According to the Bersatu Youth head Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal, Malays are rejecting Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan because of its “full-fledged” liberal democratic orientation.

He said, instead, the Malays are looking or need a protector who can safeguard them from the liberal agenda.

That, he says, is necessary because Malay voters needed individuals who share similar identity politics.

Ahmad Fayhsal is a controversial youth figure in Malaysian politics. He went head-on in a collision against former Sports Minister in the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Pakatan Harapan cabinet, Syed Sadiqq, to wrestle the Bersatu youth wing Armada away from the latter.

He says his remark on why Malays are not voting for Pakatan is in reply to a Keadilan party member’s view that Pakatan is the least preferred choice for Malay voters.

“I am only commenting on the findings of the voting pattern data in this new PRN series. It is clear that the Malay/Bumiputera vote shifted from PH to PN. What is the reason?

“Qualitatively it is closely related to Identity Politics. Dive into the Malay voters below to understand the implication,” he wrote on Twitter.

He also thanked Malay Mail, a local online portal, for putting his views in the ‘right perspective and right headline’.

He says the ‘full-blown’ liberal Pakatan will struggle in Malaysia’s identity politics-driven landscape.


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