According to the pollster Politweet, 59 per cent of Malay voters in peninsular Malaysia leaned towards Barisan Nasional in GE13 with 41 per cent supporting the opposition coalition, Pakatan. For GE14, there will be as many as five Malay-based parties competing for the Malay vote. How the Malay ground will shift is likely to be the major factor shaping the overall outcome of the coming election. In particular, the entry of Bersatu could spring a surprise for UMNO which has previously garnered the lion’s share of Malay votes. This possibility – even if regarded as remote – cannot be discounted when we consider that Malay youth support for BN dropped from 57 per cent in GE12 to 54 per cent GE13. Will this trend of declining
youth support for BN and/or other factors work in the opposition’s favour? Or will the status quo in UMNO and BN rule remain after GE14?
Lim Teck Ghee, Mohd Izzuddin, Adam Adli
Moderator: Pey Jung Yeong