First Past The Post (FPTP) to Proportional Representation (PR) system DAP Department of Administrative Studies and Politics Lecturer, Dr. Muhammad Asri Mohd Ali at a round table discussion on the General Election System Issues in Malaysia at the Secretariat Office of the National Council of Professors (MPN) in Kajang, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 12 FEBRUARY 2020
Department of Administrative Studies and Politics Lecturer, Dr. Muhammad Asri Mohd Ali at a round table discussion on the General Election System Issues in Malaysia at the Secretariat Office of the National Council of Professors (MPN) in Kajang, Selangor. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 12 FEBRUARY 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

KAJANG – Changing the existing election system from First Past The Post (FPTP) to Proportional Representation (PR) system would enable DAP to win more than 60 Parliamentary seats in the future.

The Fellow Researcher of the National Council of Professors (MPN) Dr. Muhammad Asri Mohd. Ali said, the condition would also enable the party to claim the position of the Prime Minister for owning the majority seats in the Parliament.

He said, the Malay voters on the other hand, would have to choose between the vast Malay political parties during the general election (GE).

“Based on my research, two parties, namely DAP and PAS will stand out in the PR system. UMNO may have some, but not much performance.

“The research also finds that the ceiling price for DAP which could reach a maximum of 42 Parliamentary seats all these while could rise to more than 60 seats through the new system as they have many voters in the urban areas of Johor, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Perak.

“The previous GE pattern showed that they were voted by a single group. So, DAP will get the most Parliamentary seats. The Malay voters would be sad as the Malays are being represented by many parties.

“I see that the PR system is not stable as DAP would tell the world that they get the highest percentage of votes, thus, they should get the position as the Prime Minister,” he said about his research during a round table discussion on the PR system.

Also present at the discussion were the Chairman of MPN, Distinguished Prof. Datuk Dr. Shamsul Amri Baharuddin and the President cum Chief Executive Officer of MPN, Prof. Datuk Dr. Raduan Che Rose.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Election Reform Commission (ERC) Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman was reportedly saying that the committee will submit a proposal to replace the existing FPTP election system to the PR system.

Dr. Muhammad Asri, who is also a Lecturer from the Department of Administrative Studies and Politics of the University of Malaya said, the PR system does not encourage the parties to cooperate before the GE, but rather, they merge after the GE.

According to him, the changes of government and early GE will take place when a component party withdraws itself from political cooperation.

“States issues would be played, racial and religion tensions would be worse than the previous GE.

“The national politics would be dominated by the urban issues, which would witness a huge gap between the rural and urban areas,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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