PETALING JAYA: Muar MP Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman wants the leadership of Umno and PAS to state if there is an agreement between them not to contest the state and parliamentary seats held by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in the next general elections.
He claimed that the Bersatu leadership had said that this was the agreement among the Perikatan Nasional members.
"I am asking this because when I meet with my friends in Umno, some of whom are supreme council members, they say it is impossible that they will let go of these seats, such as Hamzah Zainuddin's seat, which was won by Umno before this.
"There were 13 Umno parliamentarians who joined Bersatu," said Syed Saddiq in a Facebook live session hosted on his page on Thursday (May 21).
He also said Umno would not let go of the Gombak seat held by Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and the Ampang seat held by Zuraida Kamaruddin.
He added that his Muar seat and the Simpang Renggam seat, held by Dr Maszlee Malik, were considered to be strategic by Umno.
There are, all together, 37 parliamentarians in Bersatu now, although this includes MPs who are against the ruling Perikatan coalition such as Syed Saddiq, Maszlee and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Bersatu won only 13 seats in the 2018 general election, with another 13 Umno MPs joining the party, including Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (Larut), Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin (Masjid Tanah), and Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (Jeli).
In March, 11 ex-PKR parliamentarians aligned to Azmin joined Bersatu.
Syed Saddiq also claimed that a number of Umno politicians were recently appointed as ministers and given positions in government linked companies (GLCs) to entice them into Bersatu.
The ex-Youth and Sports Minister claimed that Bersatu's top leadership did this to assure party leaders that Bersatu would remain dominant within Perikatan and not become marginalised.
Umno and Barisan, together with PAS and Gabungan Perikatan Sarawak (GPS), formed Perikatan with Bersatu and several PKR lawmakers who left their party, in February.
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