Selangor state polls: No party able to obtain simple majority
SHAH ALAM - Selangor state elections will witness fierce competition between Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH).
Shah Alam Universiti Teknologi MARA political and social media analyst Associate Professor Dr Sara Chinnasamy said PH and PN would have an equal win, and either one would win a simple majority.
She said there is a high chance for votes to be divided following the Malay support that PN has, apart from cost of living issues in the first six months of administration under PH.
"It's not possible for PH to have a fashionable win because of the strong competition, and we would see a slim majority win between the two coalitions.
"For young voters, we can see a polarisation of votes according to race. Based on past records, the Chinese and Indian voters lean towards PH more, while the Malays will favour PN," she told Sinar today.
She said this when asked to comment on the trend of voter support in Selangor in the upcoming state election.
When asked about Pas' confidence in winning 33 seats out of the 56 seats in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, she said the tendency for Malays to cast their votes for PN is very high.
"It is certain that the Malays will support PN and Pas based on past voting patterns, which showed increasing support for PN.
"This is because it has a lot to do with the direction of the political parties that formed the Unity Government today.
"For example, Umno, which had rejected DAP and PH for over 62 years, has now cooperated with them. "Factors like this will influence Malay voters' confidence in whether the party will continue defending the rights and position of the Malays or vice versa," she said.
However, she said the voting pattern in Selangor is quite complicated, but she is confident that votes will be divided due to current political developments.