Pakatan Harapan chairman Anwar Ibrahim said leaders from PKR and Warisan will meet be meeting up to hold a discussion in regards to seat allocation in the upcoming Sabah state election.
Anwar who is PKR president said they will discuss the matter in the meeting, which will be attended by DAP, UPKO and Amanah leaders as well.
“Our responsibility is to choose credible candidates and full of integrity to defend the rakyat’s plight and right after we choose, we have to work hard as a team.
“I told the state leaders that PKR supposedly will be given sufficient space and I will discuss this with Sabah chief minister and Warisan president as well, Mohd Shafie Apdal.
“I am representing and pass the intention of the division chiefs, that represented the grassroots. I will deliver it so we are able to work properly and I guarantee that our friends in DAP, Warisan, Amanah and UPKO are all good candidates.
“We also will work to assure the victory of our friends who are with us,” he was quoted as saying.
Anwar said that the list of PKR’s candidates have been submitted to Sabah PKR chief Christina Liew, to finalize the list of candidates who will contest in the PRN this time.
In the last 14th General Election (GE), Barisan Nasional led by Musa Aman won 29 State Assembly (DUN) seats, while Shafie-led Heritage, including DAP and PKR also got the same number, which is 29 seats.
Two more seats were won by Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) led by Jeffrey G Kitingan, causing the Musa-led state government to last only a few days before being taken over by Shafie.
Meanwhile, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the number of seats allocated for PKR to contest in the state election was too small.
“Too little, too little, for PKR’s number of seats is too little,” he said,
However, he said, the final decision will be scrutinized before the nomination day next Saturday, along with other parties in Pakatan Harapan, to avoid any clashes taking place (between Pakatan Harapan’s parties component).
Saifuddin also said the seat allocations had been discussed by Anwar and Shafie in a closed meeting in Kota Kinabalu today.
“We have to take note of certain areas, where is the involvement of the UPKO, Amanah, or DAP and that is normal in any seat negotiation process,” he said.
Saifuddin said PKR also took into account and saw the need to contest again in the constituency it had won in the last 14th General Election (GE14).
In GE14, PKR contested in eight seats and won in two seats, namely in the Api-Api state seat and Inanam state seat.
7th September 2020 15:43