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The question is who will replace Pas in Kelantan

Husam: Kelantan will change hands, Pas to disappear in Selangor

Datuk Husam Musa said the fall of the PAS-led state government in Kelantan was a foregone conclusion, thanks to recent moves by president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to change the party’s direction.

The former Kelantan Exco and PAS vice-president also dismissed suggestion that he was behind moves to bring down the state government.

“This government is bound to fall because the president has chosen to revert to the era when PAS never won elections,” he told an event organised by Amanah at the party’s Kelantan headquarters last night.

He said PAS’s decision to reject alliance with other opposition parties would cost it many seats at the next elections.

He said the recent by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar showed that PAS no longer could win in mixed constituencies or marginal Malay-majority seats.

“In Selangor, all 15 seats (held by PAS) will fall and if (Selangor PAS Exco and Chempaka rep) Iskandar Samad is still returned as an elected representative, he might have to join any of the Pakatan Harapan parties,” said Husam, who headed PAS’s road map in the last general election to target 15 state seats.

“Now without outside support for PAS, we can predict with accuracy that PAS will lose all its 15 seats including those of Dr Rani (Osman) and Dr Halimah (Ali),” said Husam.

He added that it doesn’t take a professional analyst to predict PAS would also be defeated in Kelantan as a result of turning its back on mainstream politics.

“The question is who will replace PAS in Kelantan,” asked Husam, and quickly added that Umno too could not be too confident as it is currently jittery in its stronghold of Johor.

Husam said the “3M” factor, referring to former Umno leaders Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, should not be taken lightly.