KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu PKR will not lay claim on the Mentri Besar post if Pakatan Harapan wins, despite its seniority.
State PKR chief Azan Ismail (pic) said the coalition would leave it to Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, to decide on the Mentri Besar candidate if Pakatan were to form the state government.
“No party can claim the Mentri Besar’s position. It is clear in the state constitution that the power to appoint the Mentri Besar lies with the sultan.
“If Pakatan wins in Terengganu, we will present several names and the sultan will decide who is suitable to be Mentri Besar,” said Azan at a press conference here yesterday.
PKR's partners, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, will be contesting in a general election for the first time.
Only PKR has contested in previous elections in Terengganu and has "seniority" in that sense.
For GE14, PKR will contest 11 state and two parliament seats, Pribumi will take on 10 state and three parliament seats while Amanah has 11 state and three parliament seats.
DAP will not be contesting in Terengganu for this election.
Azan said the allotment of seats was fair and made to ensure that all three component parties had an equal number of seats.
PKR will also be fielding “at least” two women candidates in Terengganu, said Azan.
“Terengganu has never had a women state representative, which is disastrous. We want to break this tradition so we are fielding at least two (women) candidates.
“This is in line with one of Pakatan’s commitments as laid out in its national manifesto, which is to empower and uphold the rights of women,” said Azan.
Azan said Terengganu Pakatan will announce its full list of candidates at a ceremony here on April 20.
He also confirmed that he will be defending his Bandar state seat.
There are eight parliament seats and 32 state seats in total to be contested in Terengganu.
In GE13, Barisan won Terengganu narrowly with 17 out of 32 seats. PKR won one state seat while its then coalition ally PAS won 14 seats.
PAS has since left the coalition and will be contesting as a third force against Barisan Nasional and Pakatan in GE14.