BUKIT MERTAJAM: Distribution of parliamentary seats among Pakatan Harapan component parties for the GE15 has been completed, says coalition secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Saifuddin, who is also PKR secretary-general, said that seat distribution negotiations with the Muda and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) would be finalised by the coalition leadership on Oct 29, with two meetings on the matter held so far.
“The process has been completed for the four component parties in Pakatan, namely PKR, DAP, Amanah and the United Kinabalu Progressive Organisation (Upko) for all parliamentary seats nationwide,” he told reporters after the launch of the Bukit Mertajam Pakatan operations room by DAP national chairman Lim Guan Eng here Wednesday night (Oct 26).
Also present were Penang DAP chairman and Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Penang Amanah chairman Dr Roslan Ahmad and incumbent Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim.
Saifuddin said if the seats claimed by Muda and PSM clash with any of the four Pakatan component party seats, discussions would be held involving the two parties and the affected component parties only.
“We (Pakatan component parties) will try to avoid clashing with each other (Muda and PSM) in GE15,” he said.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin, who is the incumbent Kulim Bandar Baharu MP, hinted that he would be defending the seat.
“However, I leave it to the party leadership as to whether I will be contesting,” he said.
In GE14, Saifuddin won the Kulim Bandar Baharu seat with a 4,860-vote majority. – Bernama