Anwar: Pakatan parties starting GE15 seat negotiations

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan will commence seat negotiations soon between its component parties for GE15, says Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The PKR president also did not rule out the possibility of collaborating with other parties, but said they had to champion reforms as well.

"The Pakatan presidential council has decided on a few matters. Firstly, the election machinery must be stepped up in terms of information on campaign strategy.

"Secondly, to start all seat negotiations involving Pakatan mainly and also to consider the participation of other friendly parties.

"But now, at this stage, we will assign a spokesperson," he said during a press conference at the party's headquarters on Monday during the launch of the party's initiative to assist women in distress in conjunction with the International Women's Day.

He was present during the joint press conference with PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and advisory board chairman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

When asked by reporters, Anwar did not directly address the issue of collaborating with Umno.

"The issue of cooperating with any (other) parties does not arise at this point. We are clear as a party and we champion reforms. Anyone who can accept the fact that we accept good governance, reject corruption and all forms of abuse of power and care for all the races, then we can be together."

Speculation about Barisan Nasional cooperating with Pakatan came about after the two coalitions issued statements calling out for Parliament to convene, which many have pointed out had uncanny similarities.

On Friday (March 5), Barisan clarified that the statement attributing its chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi over his remarks about the Parliament sitting was released without permission.

Barisan also said the media officer who disseminated the press release was suspended for a month to facilitate investigations.

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