GEORGE TOWN: Penang PPBM has set its eyes on all 10 Umno-held state seats in the coming general election, on top of the three parliamentary seats earlier announced.
State PPBM chairman Marzuki Yahya said although this remained their aspiration, it would allow the Pakatan Harapan presidential council to decide on the seat allocations in the coming polls.
“If it is possible, we want to contest all 10 state seats held by Umno.
“We will see what the presidential council says, but it would be nice to have at least one state seat,” he said when met by reporters today.
Currently, Umno holds three parliamentary seats in Penang – Kepala Batas, Tasek Gelugor and Balik Pulau.
The Umno state seats on the mainland are Sungai Dua, Permatang Berangan, Penaga, Sungai Acheh, Pinang Tunggal, Pulau Betong, Telok Ayer Tawar and Bertam. The party also holds the Bayan Lepas and Teluk Bahang state seats on the island.
Marzuki said PPBM was confident about making inroads into rural areas, which are considered traditional Umno strongholds.
He said PPBM was also prepared to face the likelihood of all seats having three-cornered fights.
Marzuki said PAS’ only state seat, Permatang Pasir, was also under their radar, but stressed that it would be left to the PH leadership to decide.
He said PPBM’s popularity had soared in rural parts of mainland Penang, with Tasek Gelugor seeing a sharp spike in interest.
Marzuki said more and more villages in Penang had asked for talks to be held in their areas to explain the current issues gripping the country.
“Similar to the response in about 50 Felda areas around the country, we are gaining traction in the rural areas.
“It is not just about the popularity of our chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The demand to change the government is tangible and can be felt,” Marzuki said.
Earlier, Marzuki and state PPBM leaders paid a courtesy visit to the Penang DAP headquarters on Rangoon Road here.
State DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow also led a one-hour meeting with PPBM leaders.
Chow described the meeting as “historic”, adding that it paved the way to strengthening ties between the two parties.
Both parties pledged full support for each other in the coming general election.