Penang Perikatan yet to have official discussions on seat allocations, says state chairman

KEPALA BATAS: There have been no official discussions on seat distribution among the component parties in Perikatan Nasional in Penang, says Datuk Shabudin Yahya.

The Penang Perikatan chairman said the matter had not been finalised yet but indicated that the newly-endorsed state Perikatan coalition would enable the pact to take the best approach in discussing seat distribution for the upcoming general election.

"It has not been officially discussed yet. Soon, we will discuss it step by step," he said after chairing the first state Perikatan meeting at his service centre Sunday (Feb 28).

Shabudin said the inaugural meeting saw 25 people, comprising members of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, PAS and Gerakan being appointed as state coalition committee members.

Leading the state's Perikatan team were Shabudin as chairman, with Penang PAS commissioner Muhammad Fauzi Yusuf and Gerakan state chairman Ong Toh Keong as the vice-chairman I and II, respectively.

Shabudin, who is Tasek Gelugor MP, said the state Perikatan line-up shows that the coalition is ready and is gearing up to prepare for the 15th General Election (GE15).

He said the combination of three parties in the coalition is proof that the coalition represents all races in the country and as the current ruling coalition, Perikatan can rule moderately and dynamically in efforts to safeguard the rights of the people.

He said several bureaus have also been created within the coalition that will be responsible for planning and coordinating programmes for this year.

Tanjung Bersatu chief Mohamad Kamal Fairos Mohamad Ibrahim was appointed as the state Perikatan information chief while PAS' Farhan Yusri and Permatang Pauh Bersatu Wanita chief Yuyunhani Mohd Yusof were appointed as the coalition's Youth and Women's wing chiefs, respectively.

Nibong Tebal MP Datuk Mansor Othman, Bersatu's Bertam assemblyman Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq, PAS' Penaga rep Mohd Yusni Mat Piah and former PAS candidate for the Bayan Baru parliamentary seat and former Penang Island city councillor Iszuree Ibrahim were appointed as committee members.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Fauzi said the party respects Umno's decision not to join the Perikatan coalition and insists that PAS’ participation in the ruling coalition was meant to strengthen the Federal Government.

"We will continue with our cooperation in Muafakat Nasional and will continue to strengthen it," he said.

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