From MM Online:
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The smaller than expected crowd size at the “Himpunan 355” rally shows that PAS will have difficulties acting as the third bloc in the next general election, political observers said.
Because only about 20,000 people attended the rally to support a Shariah Bill as opposed to the 300,000 target, analysts said this indicated that PAS lacked supporters at the national level.
“The Bill is a bread and butter issue and if PAS had failed to attract the numbers it predicted, it shows that they lack supporters in the urban areas,” Faisal Hazis, associate professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, told Malay Mail Online.
Faizal said although PAS may seem like the “largest Malay influential party”, it did not have a balance in political views as it did before with DAP and PKR under the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat.
Because of this, Faizal predicted that PAS would face massive defeats if it were to face the 14th general election alone.