Pakatan Harapan not ready in six states

PETALING JAYA: With the clock ticking away to the 14th General Election, the various parties in Pakatan Harapan are in a frenzy to sort out the seat allocations.

The top leadership of Pakatan is expected to meet today to try and finalise allocations for state assembly seats in six states in Peninsular Malaysia – Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Pahang, Selangor and Melaka. The meeting is to be chaired by Pakatan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

State seat allocation discussions in Penang are also reported to have hit a snag.

While Barisan Nasional tends to follow tradition in seat allocation, discussions among Pakatan parties are complicated by the fact that newly formed Pribumi is now in the fray and PAS is no longer in the coalition with its place taken over by Amanah. PSM is also on the opposition ticket but on its own.

Perak Pakatan chief Faizal Azumu said parties in the pact hoped to wrap up the seat allocations soon.

“We are waiting for an endorsement by our national leaders,” he said.

Melaka Pakatan secretary Khoo Poay Tiong said the Opposition parties in the pact were negotiating, “in the spirit of brotherhood”.

He said DAP would run in all seats which it contested in the last general election with Pribumi, PKR and Amanah dividing the remaining seats among themselves.

Pahang Pakatan chief Datuk Fauzi Abdul Rahman said two state seats had yet to be decided, which he attributed to Amanah being allocated only one parliamentary seat in Pahang.

“There has to be some give-and-take. A solution has to be found for the sake of the coalition’s unity,” said Fauzi.

Terengganu Pakatan information chief Hambali Abdul Latiff said the Opposition pact’s presidential council would make a final decision on seat allocations.

In the state, Pribumi reportedly wants to square off against Barisan in parliament seats that the ruling coalition won including in Setiu, Hulu Terengganu and Besut.

Amanah wants to take on PAS in Kuala Nerus, Kuala Terengganu as well as PAS president Datuk Seri Dr Hadi Awang’s stronghold in Marang. PKR, meanwhile, is aiming to field candidates in Kemaman and Dungun.

In Kelantan, state leaders from PKR, who still have a close relationship with the ruling PAS, appear to be shunning Pakatan Harapan ceramah, said director of the Malaysian Political Analysis Institute at Universiti Utara Malaysia Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff.

In George Town, the entry of Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has complicated matters for the current powers in DAP and PKR.

State PKR vice-chairman Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon said a deadlock over certain seats would be discussed in the Pakatan presidential council meeting tonight.

“There are disagreements among the parties on certain seats. We hope a solution can be found at national level,” he said.

Mohd Rashid, who is also Deputy Chief Minister I, added that the PKR incumbents would generally be retained.

State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow could not be reached for comment.

In Kedah, Pakatan Harapan will contest in 15 parliamentary seats with PKR getting six followed by Amanah (five) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (four).

For the 36 state seats, Amanah and Pribumi will contest in 12 each while PKR and DAP will contest in nine and three respectively.

State DAP chairman Tan Kok Yew, who is also Derga assemblyman, said the allocation of seats has not been finalised but the list has been handed to the respective parties’ leadership.

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