Lim: No nod yet for state-level seat talks


BUKIT MERTAJAM: DAP will leave it to Pakatan Rakyat’s top leadership council to decide if Penang and the other states should conduct state-level discussions on seat allocations.

This includes the swapping of seats among the three parties ahead of the next general election.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is DAP secretary-general, said it was best for the top Pakatan leadership to give the green light first before the respective leaders at the state level hold such discussions.

“It would be good if the respective parties in the different states can negotiate on seat allocation or swapping of seats. Later, they can convey their proposals to Pakatan top leadership.

“(But) it would be pointless for Pakatan at the state level to discuss the matter now, without approval from the top,” he said after presenting special allowances to the Seberang Prai Municipal Council’s special squad and enforcement unit officers here yesterday.

Lim was asked to comment on speculation about possible seat-swapping among DAP, PKR and PAS.

He said a proper mechanism should be in place for negotiations in an amicable way.

“We have had cases where states have already agreed on the seats, but after that, their decisions are suddenly torpedoed by national directives, which I think is not right.

“It is therefore better to wait for a final decision from the top leadership, which I hope would be made soon,” he said.

Lim said that so far, Pakatan in Perlis and Johor have reached agreement on their seat allocations but that the alliance might not stick to the state-level decisions.

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