Amanah fails to increase GE seats, but says committed to help PH

Salahuddin-Ayub-amanahPETALING JAYA: Amanah said it would stop demanding more seats from Pakatan Harapan (PH), after negotiations with coalition partners did not bear fruits.

Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said although the party had hoped to stand in more parlimentary seats, that did not affect the party’s commitment to ensure PH’s success at the coming polls.

“We still have the state seats to look forward to,” Salahuddin told FMT.

He said negotiations were still ongoing, and the outcome would be announced later this month.

Salahuddin, who is also PH vice-president, said Amanah was particularly concerned over the decision not to allot it a seat in the Federal Territory.

Of the 12 parliament seats there, DAP and PKR will each contest five seats, while PPBM will contest in the remaining two.

“We will discuss that with the other PH leaders. But it will be done through the proper channels, and in the spirit of PH as a coalition,” said Salahuddin.

Last night, PH and PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad indicated his party’s willingness to consider letting Amanah contest in the Federal Territory.

PH announced last week that PPBM will contest 52 parlimentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia, while PKR will contest in 51 seats, DAP 35 and Amanah 27.

Following this, Amanah leaders in Johor questioned the allocation of only two seats in the state.

Salahuddin, who also heads PH’s election machinery in Johor, said Amanah had been in negotiations to get more seats in the state.

“Nothing came out of them, and the discussions have been postponed. But I don’t think there will be any changes,” he said.

But Salahuddin admitted that his party should be realistic in its demands.

“We want the numbers, but to be more practical, we should see our strengths, the number of winnable candidates we have, and our strength at the grassroots level.

“I strongly believe we will contest the general election with reasonable numbers.”

Meanwhile, PPBM supreme council member Tariq Ismail said allocation of seats should not become an issue “technically” because PH intends to contest under a common logo.

“When we get there, hopefully it will be under one logo. BN versus PH. So it’s just about the candidates fielded instead of the individual parties they come from.

“While obviously there will be some disagreements, we have to move on and focus on winning the election as a coalition.

“We want to win Parliament and be the next government. The rest is secondary,” said Tariq, who is speculated to stand in the Sri Gading parliamentary seat.