Op­po­si­tion yet to set­tle seat al­lo­ca­tion is­sue

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Over­lap­ping claims on seats ahead of the next gen­eral elec­tion have be­come the op­po­si­tion’s lat­est headache since Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) be­came an of­fi­cial mem­ber two weeks ago.

Af­ter the sec­ond meet­ing on seat ne­go­ti­a­tion yes­ter­day, Pakatan Hara­pan had yet to de­cide on the mat­ter, re­veal­ing that the over­lap­ping seats in­volved all the states.

Parti Amanah Ne­gara (PAN) com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Khalid Sa­mad said all four par­ties un­der the op­po­si­tion pact had iden­ti­fied the seats they were in­ter­ested in.

“There are over­laps, but we’ll sort it out. It’s nor­mal. There are (over­laps) in every state.

“We are go­ing through the sec­ond phase, which is to dis­cuss with state lead­ers,” he said at Par­lia­ment House yes­ter­day af­ter the meet­ing.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by DAP’s Serem­ban mem­ber of par­lia­ment An­thony Loke, Segam­but MP Teresa Kok, PAN elec­tions di­rec­tor Dr Hatta Ramli, PKR’s Sun­gai Pe­tani MP Datuk Jo­hari Ab­dul and PPBM supreme coun­cil mem­ber Datuk Dr Rais Hussin.

Asked on which seats were wanted the most by all par­ties, Khalid re­fused to an­swer and said ev­ery­thing would be sorted in the next month or two.

How­ever, Pakatan Hara­pan sources re­vealed that there was un­easi­ness over the seat al­lo­ca­tion is­sue, say­ing that they could not fathom why it was tak­ing the lead­er­ship so long to make a de­ci­sion.

“I un­der­stand there are a lot of seats, but they should at least al­ready have a de­ci­sion on the main seats. How much longer are they go­ing to wait?

“If it’s true that the gen­eral elec­tion is go­ing to be held in Septem­ber, it means we only have six months.

“Are they plan­ning on go­ing to the ground just a month be­fore the elec­tion?”

An­other source said most of the over­lap­ping seats in­volved “po­ten­tially winnable states”.

“Mostly, the seats are in Jo­hor, Se­lan­gor and Perak. There are a few in Kedah, but it’s not that sig­nif­i­cant.”

There are over­laps, but we’ll sort it out.

It’s nor­mal. There are (over­laps) in every state.

KHALID SA­MAD Parti Amanah Ne­gara com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor

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