PKR will form the biggest opposition party if the BN remains in federal power after the next general election, said DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua.
 
NONEHe was rebutting a political analyst’sopinion that the DAP would take pole position in Pakatan Rakyat.
 
Pua (right)pointed out that the DAP will only contest 40-50 parliamentary seats.
 
Without revealing the number of seats that PKR is to contest, he said it will still be the biggest opposition party.

“How can we become the biggest party in Pakatan?” asked Pua in refuting the views of Michael Yeoh, the CEO of the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli).
 
“Either PAS or PKR will have probably the most number of seats, and we think it will be PKR.”
Yeoh had projected that Pakatan will win 99 parliamentary seats, with 123 seats to go to the BN.
2008 elections who got what parliament seatPua, citing a prediction by DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, said PKR, PAS and DAP will have to win 45, 40 and 40 parliamentary seats respectively if Pakatan is to take over Putrajaya.

“So it will be a very equal circumstance between the three parties, unlike in BN where it will be dominated by one particular party,” he said.
 
Pua further said that, with the “fairly equal distribution” of seats contested and won between the three Pakatan allies, the majority of their parliamentarians would be Malays, based on Yeoh’s prediction.

“So how can they say it will be a Chinese-majority opposition, while it will be Malay-majority government?” Pua posed.

“I don’t think it works that way because the mathematics would tell you ... we are only contesting about plus-minus 50 seats, and you cannot possibly win everything.”
 
Pua also revealed that the DAP will field more Malay candidates in the next outing.
 
“If we win everything, it means we will have more Malay candidates. So, from the perspective, it will be definitely a Malay-majority opposition,” he added.

Surprise win for Pakatan?
 
DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming said the three million new voters will be the “X factor” in the 13th general election, so there is “no way Asli can estimate their voting pattern”.
 
NONEHe also referred to the most recent survey by independent pollster Merdeka Centre.

Ong (left) noted that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s approval rating has slipped to 61 percent.
 
This, he said, had also happened to former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi before he called a general election in March 2008.
 
“It clearly shows that the Malaysian public has not been responding well to Najib … If the trend continues, we will see a surprise win for Pakatan,” he added.

~ Malaysiakini