Sarawak Polls: State DAP denies claim that PKR was given leftover seats


KUCHING: Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chien Jen has refuted allegations by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that his party had only received leftover seats for the 12th Sarawak Polls.

Speaking to reporters after nominations closed for the Padungan seat on Monday (Dec 6) Chong however admitted that there were certain parties in the Pakatan Harapan coalition which were unhappy during the seat allocation negotiations for the state election.

"I think that is what we call negotiations. At the end of the day, you can’t please everyone. There are seats that are winnable, and not so winnable. There are what we call white seats, grey seats and black seats. We are also competing in certain black seats.

"I don’t think that would be a problem and a deterrence for cooperation among the PH parties,” he said.

Recently, Anwar, who is also the Pakatan chairman, said that his party had been called greedy despite only receiving leftovers while Sarawak seats for the state election were being divided.

Anwar added that PKR was only given unwinnable seats that others did not want.

On his nomination for Padungan, Chong said he would now leave his fate to the voters.

"I (will) give and show them my best in the run-up to polling day,” said the Stampin MP.

Chong has shifted to Padungan from Kota Sentosa, a seat that he held since 2006. - Bernama

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