17 August 2018

Selangor Pakatan finalised negotiations for 35 state seats

Selangor Pakatan finalised negotiations for 35 state seats
SHAH ALAM, Feb 7: The Selangor chapter of Pakatan Harapan have finalised the negotiation for the distribution of 35 seats in the state, its leaders said today.

But the coalition could still expect to see prolonged disputes over the remaining 21 seats, they readily admitted, pointing to the overlapping claims for some seats by all four component parties.

However, the same leaders said they are confident that negotiations can be concluded amicably judging from the positive outcome of today's meeting.

“I think it went well,” DAP Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo told reporters after the meeting.

“This is the first meeting (so) not all seats were resolved. But we have managed to resolve 35 seats,” he added.

The PKR-DAP-PPBM-Amanah coalition came under heavy criticism even by its own supporters after its leaders openly traded barbs over who would get the most seats in the country's most prized state.

Today's meeting was reportedly called after Amanah, DAP and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia urged Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to conduct formal seat negotiations under the Selangor PH framework.

PKR has claimed the parties met four times through PH’s election committee to discuss the allocation of seats for the 14th general election, but a leader from Amanah claimed this was untrue.

The party's Selangor chief Saari Sungib, who attended today's negotiations for his party, played down the spat and denied PKR and Amanah were at loggerheads with each other.

"That was just banter," the Hulu Klang state assemblyman said.

Amanah, a PAS splinter party and a junior member of the alliance, currently has two seats. But it is understood that the party has demanded to contest in all the seats PAS are vying for, a request both PKR and PPBM were reportedly against.

Saari reiterated the party's stance again today and said Amanah's request was "very reasonable".

But noting that their allies were apparently disagreeable to the idea, the Hulu Klang representative said his party was still open to negotiations.

"There were requests by PPBM that out of the 20 seats, we give them five…we can talk about it," he said.

How future negotiations will pan out for PH following Amanah's demand could be brittle considering PKR itself appeared adamant to contest in some of the PAS-helmed seats.

Recently a leader from the party said PKR wanted to run in all the 21 state seats it contested in the 13th general elections.

PKR had won 14; it holds 13 seats now after it sacked former Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in 2014.  

PAS Selangor announced last month it would be contesting for more than 40 seats and openly said it wants to take over the state.

As of now, there is no timeframe for Selangor PH to wrap up the seat talks. Gobind said component parties with overlapping claims are expected to hold separate bilateral or trilateral meetings to resolve the dispute among themselves before conducting the next state-level negotiations.


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