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Muda going it alone in state polls, says Syed Saddiq
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PETALING JAYA: Muda will contest in the forthcoming elections in six states on its own, its president, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, has announced.

This means the party will clash with Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state polls, despite being a part of the government bloc in the Dewan Rakyat.

At a press conference today, Syed Saddiq also dismissed the notion that Muda would be hurting the unity government’s chances in the state elections by splitting the votes.

“We should not be using fear-mongering tactics to justify complacency and arrogance,” he said, alluding to the delay by PH in responding to Muda’s application to join the coalition.

Muda had applied to join PH before the 15th general election (GE15) last November but there has still been no progress.

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‘Realistic’ Muda won’t contest every seat, says Syed Saddiq
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PETALING JAYA: Muda will measure its own strength before fielding candidates in the state elections, party president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.

He acknowledged that Muda has to be realistic and would not contest every seat because of the party’s lack of funds and machinery.

“This is a long-term investment for Muda and Malaysia, we admit this is not an easy choice, young people contesting without money and experience.

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State polls: Pakatan gave Muda cold shoulder, says Syed Saddiq
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PETALING JAYA – In the aftermath of Muda’s decision to contest the upcoming state elections independently, party president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman revealed that his party’s requests to collaborate with Pakatan Harapan (PH) have fallen on deaf ears.

During a virtual town hall session, Syed Saddiq addressed queries behind the reasons that the youth-based party did not throw support behind the government for the state elections.

“We have reached out to PH many times, not just once or twice,” he said.

However, Syed Saddiq expressed concern about compromising Muda’s principles in exchange for seats and positions, citing the unfairness it would impose on the people who have placed their hopes in the party.

Muda’s independent candidacy aims to be the voice of conscience for the people and establish a system of checks and balances within the party’s leadership, Syed Saddiq said.

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Muda risks being irrelevant by contesting solo in state polls, says analyst
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PETALING JAYA: Muda’s decision to contest the upcoming state elections on its own will backfire on the party, predicts an analyst.

Awang Azman Pawi of Universiti Malaya said Muda’s decision seemed “emotional and hasty”. He said the party may not have taken into account the long-term impact it will have on its political future.

Awang Azman said it was a given the country’s main political blocs of Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional would secure the lion’s share of the votes, leaving Muda out in the cold.

“We can predict that Muda will lose easily in the upcoming state elections because they do not have a (political) bloc with them, and also because they are perceived to be too hasty and emotional (when making decisions),” he told FMT.

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Muda wanted to work with PH but was ignored, says Syed Saddiq

PETALING JAYA: Muda wanted to work with Pakatan Harapan in the upcoming state elections but was ignored, party president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.

The Muar MP was responding to a claim by DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang that Muda was “overhasty” in deciding to go on its own in the upcoming state elections.

He also rubbished Lim’s claim that Muda was unwilling to cooperate with Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim as unfounded.

Syed Saddiq said the party had submitted three letters requesting for a “simple meeting” with Anwar, who is also the PH chairman.

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Political realities behind PH ‘snub’ for Muda, say analysts
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PETALING JAYA: Fundamental political reasons are likely to be the reason the youth party Muda suffered what it considers a snub by Pakatan Harapan, say some political analysts.

Chief among the analysts’ concerns is Muda’s poor electoral track record.

“Muda is a new party that has no influence,” said Mazlan Ali of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, citing Muda’s poor performance in the 2022 Johor state elections.

Muda candidates contested seven seats but won only Puteri Wangsa, a constituency that Mazlan described as “a safe Pakatan Harapan seat”.

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