Selangor PH agrees on 35 of 56 seats in first round of talks

gobindSHAH ALAM: Selangor Pakatan Harapan (PH) has achieved agreement on 35 out of the 56 state seats at its first seat distribution meeting today.

State DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo said the seats agreed on were those previously contested by PKR, DAP and the current Amanah assemblymen who stood under the PAS banner in the 13th general election (GE13).

PKR, DAP and Amanah are component parties of PH which also includes PPBM.

“This is only our first meeting to negotiate the share of seats, and we have succeeded in settling 62% of the total.

“We will now proceed to have bilateral or three-party negotiations separately,” said Gobind.

In GE13, PKR won 14 seats, DAP (15) and Amanah’s assemblymen (2).

PKR and DAP each lost one seat subsequently after former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim (Ijok) and Loh Chee Heng (Teluk Datuk) left their parties, respectively.

Amanah Selangor deputy chairman Saari Sungib said his party asked to contest another 18 state seats, besides the two now held by its assemblymen.

He said Amanah was willing to negotiate to give up four or five of the seats it claimed, but only if they were allocated to PPBM.

“In principle, we want to contest as a successor to PAS. Thus, we want to field candidates in all the seats previously contested by PAS,” he said.

In GE13, when PAS was then a partner in the now dissolved Pakatan Rakyat, it contested in 21 state seats and won in 15.

According to Saari, all the four PH parties were going after the seats held by PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN), in particular Lembah Jaya currently held by Khasim Abdul Aziz of PAS.

Khasim won the seat in GE13 by defeating a BN candidate with a comfortable majority of 8,713 votes.

Meanwhile, PH Selangor secretary Zuraida Kamaruddin expressed satisfaction with the progress made at today’s meeting, adding that the parties would strive to settle the distribution of the seats within this week.

The negotiations among the four parties will resume at a second meeting tomorrow, beginning at 3pm.

The talks to share out the Selangor state seats were originally supposed to conclude by Jan 31, but heated exchanges between some leaders of the parties forced the top PH leadership to give the parties more time.


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