Johor Pakatan finalises state seat allocations, PPBM gets the most

BY BEN TAN
Pakatan Harapan deputy president and the Opposition coalition pact’s state chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (in red) during a media conference at the Johor PPBM headquarters in Kempas February 8, 2018. — Picture by Ben Tan

JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 8 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) has reached a mutual agreement on the allocation of the Johor state seats among the four Opposition parties for the coming general elections.

PH deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said for Johor’s total of 56 state seats, all four political parties have agreed to put aside their differences and focus their efforts in wrestling the state from Barisan Nasional (BN).

“The PH leadership has agreed that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) will get 18 seats, while DAP will get 14, and Parti Amanah Negara and PKR will each be allocated 12 seats,” he said at a PH media conference held at the Johor PPBM headquarters in Kempas here today.

Present at the event was Johor DAP chief Liew Chin Tong, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, Johor Amanah chief Aminolhuda Hassan, Johor PKR chief Hassan Abdul Karim, his deputy Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, and Johor PPBM secretary Datuk Osman Sapian.

Muhyiddin, who is also PPBM president and the party’s Johor chairman, said the parties within the coalition will decide their candidates for the allocated seats.

“At the moment, we have not discussed the candidates for the seats yet and I leave it to the respective parties to nominate their names,” he said.

As part of PH, the former deputy prime minister said all component parties will help each other out in facing the coming general election.

Earlier, Muhyiddin announced that Johor PH will hold both a “monster rally” and the highly-awaited state PH convention in April.

“On April 6, the night event will be attended by all top five national Opposition leaders, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. However, we have not firmed up an exact date in April for the Johor PH convention,” Muhyiddin said

He said PH Johor would also come up with a more specific agenda for Johoreans and it would be brought up with the PH national leadership.