PKR-Amanah rift over Selangor seats widens

Dr-Xavier-Jayakumar-3PETALING JAYA: PKR leaders have taken aim at Amanah for questioning a claim by Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali that 80% of the seats to be contested by Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties had been finalised.

This followed Selangor Amanah and DAP chiefs’ statements saying that their parties had only been invited to discuss the coalition’s election strategy.

In separate statements this evening, PKR leaders – its women’s wing chief Zuraida Kamaruddin, Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian and Seri Andalas rep Dr Xavier Jayakumar – rejected the statement by Selangor Amanah, and insisted that there were four meetings to discuss allocation of seats.

Xavier said from the very start, the election committee comprising representatives from each party had a common objective to decide on seats.

“It was also clearly noted that the representatives of each party must be of persons in a decision-making capacity,” he said.

As such, Xavier said it was unbecoming of Amanah to now say there was no discussion over seats.

“Please let us put our heads together and get the job done. Our main goal is to defend Selangor at all costs.”

Zuraida accused Amanah of going to the press to air grievances while seat negotiations were on-going.

“It is fundamental these matters be settled through negotiations and not through the media.

“Amanah may be a new party but its leaders are veteran politicians and ought to know that seat negotiations require time and patience. Calling out and giving ultimatums through the media will be counterproductive,” the Ampang MP said.

Meanwhile, Hee took issue with Izham for calling Azmin a “joker”.

“I worry that language as harsh as this may rupture the bond that Pakatan Harapan has especially at the grassroots level,” he said.

Earlier, Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua told FMT that he was not aware that 80% of seats had been decided as claimed by Azmin.

Pua said his party attended the four meetings by the PH election committee chaired by Xavier, but claimed that it was not to discuss seats.

“This is because the committee members would be different,” he told FMT, adding that Azmin should convene a meeting to solve the matter.

Azmin had earlier dismissed the need for a special committee to discuss seat allocation.

The PKR deputy president also denied there was a deadline for the talks, as stated by Amanah’s Dzulkefly Ahmad.

What meeting, DAP and Amanah in the dark over Azmin’s claim