State elections: Seat allocations in final stages ahead of dissolution of assemblies, says Zahid

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 04 Jun 2023

KUALA LUMPUR: All outcomes from discussions between leaders of Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan have been collected and are being considered in order to finalise seat allocations for the upcoming state elections.

Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said they were hopefull to finalise the seats allocation before the state assemblies are dissolved.

"The question is will we use 'wali' (winnable, acceptable and likeable) candidates. This is because the upcoming elections are important.

"Although the elections are only on state levels, the results can manifest the people's acceptance of the Madani government," he told reporters after launching the Batu Umno division building here on Sunday (June 4).

When asked if discussions included MIC and MCA on seat allocation, Ahmad Zahid said the negotiations were done as a coalition.

"There’s no negotiation between parties but among coalitions.

"This is a mutual decision between Pakatan and Barisan," he said.

On the issue of Umno Youth not inviting other party representatives to the Umno general assembly, Ahmad Zahid said it was not a question of firmness(ketegasan) but was important to note that the highest leaders have invited other party leaders (from the unity government) to the assembly.

"Since the officiation of the three wings will be done on June 7, the conference of the wings will be on June 8, so the decision is for supreme council on inviting representatives from the 19 parties," he said.

It was earlier reported that DAP accepted Umno Youth's decision not to invite component parties under the unity government to attend the movement's assembly next week.

DAP national publicity secretary Teo Nie Ching said they respected the decision because each party movement had different approaches, views and methods that need to be understood by other parties in the coalition.

On Friday (June 2), Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Salleh was reported as saying that the movement would not invite component parties of the unity government coalition to its assembly in conjunction with the 2023 Umno General Assembly from June 7 to 10.

He said it was a unanimous decision made by all exco members and state Umno Youth chiefs.

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