Opposition yet to settle seat allocation issue
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