Pakatan facing seat overlaps in all peninsular states

Khalid Samad said that the PH presidential council has also given a deadline for seat talks to be concluded, and that it should be done before January 7. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 ― Negotiations are underway in Pakatan Harapan to address clashes among the four parties that currently exist in every state in west Malaysia, according to Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) communications chief Khalid Samad.

The Shah Alam MP said leaders of the four parties met again yesterday for further talks on how to avoid contesting against one another as well as the ruling Barisan Nasional.

“We have identified all the seats we all individually are interested in. There are overlaps and these overlaps will be discussed and negotiated over the next few weeks,” he told reporters yesterday.

“In every state there is (overlap).”

Those at the meeting included DAP’s Anthony Loke and Teresa Kok, Amanah’s Dr Hatta Ramli, PKR’s Datuk Johari Abdul and PPBM’s Datuk Dr Rais Hussin.

Khalid said, however, that the meeting went well and they expect to settle the matter by June.

DAP parliamentary whip Loke said the negotiations have not reached the point of trading.

“We are just on the first round of discussing on what are the states we want,” he said.

A source revealed that the states with the most clashes are Johor, Perak and Kedah.

PPBM has joined Pakatan Harapan that will now seek to become an official coalition recognised by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).