State polls: Negri MB says still no consensus on seat allocations, central leadership to decide

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  • Wednesday, 07 Jun 2023

Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun. -filepic

SEREMBAN: With the Negri Sembilan legislative assembly set to be dissolved on June 30, Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional have yet to conclude talks on seat distribution for the coming state polls.

State Pakatan chief Datuk Aminuddin Harun said both parties were still unable to reach a consensus on the matter.

"There is an issue involving two seats. So, we are leaving this to the presidential council (Pakatan).

"I believe this would be sorted out very soon," he said when met after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri on Wednesday (June 7).

Aminuddin, who is also Mentri Besar, said he was hoping for a status quo where Pakatan will defend all 20 seats it won in the 2018 polls while Barisan will contest the remaining 16.

"There have been demands here and there. So it is best to have the top leaders sort this out," he said.

Aminuddin, who is also PKR vice-president, said the state leaders will accept whatever decision is made by the party leadership.

"Some may disagree (on whatever decision that is made). But we must accept whatever decision is made with a big heart," he said.

State Umno chief Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias had on several occasions expressed hope that Barisan would be allowed to contest 18 seats although the party won only 16 in the last polls.

This, he said, was to allow both Pakatan and Barisan to face the polls on an equal footing and allow Barisan candidates to be fielded in every parliamentary constituency.

Asked if he would be defending Sikamat, Aminuddin said this would also be decided by party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Aminuddin first became Sikamat assemblyman in 2008 and successfully retained the seat in the 2013 and 2018 general elections.

He won the Port Dickson parliamentary seat in November's 15th General Election.

To another question, Aminuddin said he had discussed the dissolution of the state assembly with the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir on several occasions.

"I will seek Tuanku's consent to dissolve the assembly towards the end of this month and then make the announcement on June 30.

"So, on July 1, there will no longer be a state government," he said.

The state assembly will automatically dissolve on July 2.

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