Pakatan Harapan yet to finalise state seat distribution

PETALING JAYA: With talk of the polls looming, differing demands continue to hamper the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalitions plans to finalise state seat distribution in six states.

Pakatan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that only Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Kedah had finalised their respective seat distribution.

"There are still states which have yet to finalise their seat distribution, including Selangor," he told reporters after the launching of the 100-day countdown for the release of imprisoned Pakatan leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim here on Wednesday (Feb 28).

He said the discussions were still underway at both the state and federal level.

Saifuddin was unable to provide deadlines or confirm the total number of state seats being disputed in the coming polls.

Asked if PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia had agreed over state seats to contest in Selangor against Umno, Saifuddin said the matter was still unresolved.

He noted the seat distribution should not be viewed as a loss to any one party but rather as a trade-off.

Anwar, 70, was sentenced to five years’ jail on Mar 7, 2014 by the Court of Appeal for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 33, at the Desa Damansara condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26, 2008.

Federal Court upheld Anwar’s conviction on February 10, 2015 and meted out the punishment of five years jail starting February 10, 2015.

Anwar can be released on June 8, 2018, which is a Friday.

On the use of single logo by Pakatan in the general election, Pakatan deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that no decision has been made.

"The use of a single logo is a policy decision and will be decided by the Pakatan presidential council," he said.

However, he said Pribumi would be willing and happy if Pakatan coalition decided to use their logo for the polls.

Pakatan president Datul Seri Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that coalition members must abide by the council's decision if it decides on the use of a single logo.


GE14 , Pakatan Harapan