PETALING JAYA: Mohamad Sabu has called for calm in the wake of disputes between Pakatan Harapan parties in Selangor over the issue of seat negotiations.
In a statement today, the Amanah president said differences between the four components in the opposition alliance should be brought up in discussions behind closed doors.
“Everyone involved should avoid issuing any form of statement, be it to the media or on social media.
“Let this issue be resolved on the negotiation table to ensure the best solution for the good of Pakatan Harapan in Selangor,” he said.
Mohamad, who is more popularly known as Mat Sabu, did not mention any names but was believed to be alluding to Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also PKR deputy president, and Selangor Amanah chief Izham Hashim trading barbs on the issue of seat negotiations yesterday.
Izham said he was not aware of any state seat negotiations following a statement by Azmin that four such meetings were held where 80% of the state seats were decided.
Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua also concurred with Izham’s comments, saying he too was not aware that 80% of seats had been decided as claimed by Azmin.
Pua added that his party attended four meetings by the election committee chaired by PKR’s Sri Andalas assemblyman Xavier Jeyakumar, to discuss the coalition’s election strategy, not on seat negotiations.
“This is because the committee members would be different,” he told FMT, adding that Azmin should convene a meeting to solve the matter.
The rift between the parties was intensified with PKR leaders coming to Azmin’s defence.
In separate statements last night, 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 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.
Mat Sabu urged all PH parties to focus on the real enemy, that is Umno/Barisan Nasional.
“I am confident that a more patient outlook with mutual respect and wisdom will help ease the process by which we can achieve the goal of defeating the BN government,” he said.