The issue of increasing cost of living in Malaysia was constantly raised by Pakatan Harapan (PH) prior to GE-14.
Prior to the general election, leaders of the coalition continuously debated on the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), which was labelled as a major contributing factor to the increasing cost of living.
However, the issue of cost of living remains a pressing issue today despite the nation bidding goodbye to GST in June last year.
Additionally, public sentiment towards PH is on the decline typically for its unfulfilled manifesto promises and U-turn decisions.
The unfavourable perspective towards the government will pose a challenge for PH in the upcoming Tanjung Piai by-election.
Furthermore, the ongoing collaboration between UMNO and PAS further enhances the opposition’s strength.
Does this mean BN stands a chance in snatching back the Tanjung Piai parliamentary?
In GE-14, Bersatu pulled off a surprising win at Tanjung Piai against MCA with a slim majority of 524 votes.
Then, PAS only received about 3,000 votes. It was a low number, but it was more than enough to change the outcome. BN could have won the Tanjung Piai seat if Penyatuan Ummah existed back then.
In the meantime, DAP was caught with some controversies as several of its party members were claimed to be involved with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its former member Hew Kuan Yew published a sensitive comic, which was labelled as China’s propaganda tool.
Along with the unfulfilled promises, racial issues surrounding PH would further deteriorate the public perception towards the coalition.
Therefore, BN has a high chance in taking the Tanjung Piai seat from Bersatu.
Nevertheless, the cooperation within BN is also crucial as a drift within the collation was triggered after UMNO voiced their interest to contest in the by-election.
Do you think BN will have a better winning chance by electing an UMNO candidate or an MCA candidate?