Tussle for seats intensifies for Selangor Pakatan


SHAH ALAM: More intensive seat negotiations will be held this week by Selangor Pakatan Harapan even as it adjourned its meeting to today.

Speaking after the one-hour meeting, Selangor Pakatan secretary Zuraida Kamaruddin said it was happy that it managed to settle 35 seats – 62.5% of the total – in its first meeting.

The discussion, she said, would continue today in the afternoon.

“In fact, more intensive negotiations will go on this week as we try to settle as many seats as possible by the end of the week.

“Hopefully, it will all be done within the next two weeks,” she said after the meeting at the PKR general election action centre in Vista Alam here yesterday.

The 35 seats, said Zuraida, included those held by Pakatan incumbents and were deemed status quo as well as “several others that would be given to Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia to contest” in the general election.

Discussions so far did not involve any swapping or exchange of seats between the parties, she said.

She had earlier told reporters that the 25 seats currently held by Umno and PAS would also be discussed during the meeting.

Selangor DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo, who was also present, said the meeting had gone smoothly.

“No deadline has been set for Selangor Pakatan to settle discussions but we all hope that it will be completed soon,” he added.

Others at the meeting were Selangor Pakatan electoral committee chairman Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Selangor DAP secretary Ean Yong Hian Wah and committee member Dr Abdul Aziz Bari, Selangor Amanah chief Izham Hashim and election director Jaafar Samsudin and Petaling Jaya Utara Pribumi chief Shaid Rosli.