Syed Saddiq waiting for right time to ‘jump ship’, says analyst

Sacked Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman is waiting for the right time to “jump ship” and is distancing himself from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says a political observer.

Syed Saddiq’s absence when Dr Mahathir announced the setting up of a new party – Parti Pejuang Tanahair (Pejuang) – on Aug 7, not being named one of the party’s founding members and his no show at the Registrar of Societies to submit Pejuang’s registration form sparked talk that he plans to stay out of Pejuang.

And with Syed Saddiq planning to set up a youth-centred multiracial movement, Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Assoc Prof Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk says it all boils down to Syed Saddiq’s political survival.

“He has a long way to go. And I think he is taking the middle ground by not committing to Dr Mahathir,” said Azeem who is USM’s Centre for Policy Research and International Studies director.

“His political career is not going to be smooth-sailing. He is representing Muar and Johor is an Umno stronghold. If he is renominated in the state, he needs to reposition himself.

“He is reassessing his position and I think this is why he is distancing himself from Dr Mahathir,” Azeem said.

In a New Straits Times report today, Syed Saddiq was quoted as saying while he still respects and backs Dr Mahathir, he also respects Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the latter was the one who brought him into politics and he will continue to support the prime minister.

Azeem said Malaysians will not be receptive to the idea of a youth-based multiracial political party as people are more comfortable with an ethnic-majority party.

He said any attempt to push for the setting up of such a party will fail and it will inevitably be dominated by one group.

Azeem said attempts to set up the first multiracial party go as far back as 1951 – by Umno’s first president Datuk Onn Jaafar.

“But the Independence of Malaya party at that time failed,” said Azeem.

“While a multiracial party may appeal to younger voters among Klang Valley’s upper-middle class, the rural areas still have more parliamentary seats and a multiracial party will not be a force to be reckoned with.”

Azeem said while the idea of having young leaders seems to be thriving in several countries, politics is relative to where one resides.

“Europe is becoming more xenophobic these days and one major group dominates the society. Our country is unique as we allow different ethnic groups to form political parties.

“In the West, political parties are formed along ideological lines but in Malaysia, it is based on ethnic lines. And this is not seen anywhere else except some parts of India.”

He said while PKR, DAP and Gerakan claim to be multiracial, in essence, only one group will dominate the party.

“It should be noted that Gerakan is a regional party and it was only powerful in Penang. But it is made up of one ethnic group although it has a few Indians and Malays,” he added.

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