PETALING JAYA, June 20 — In light of uncertainty surrounding Malaysian United Democratic Alliance’s (Muda) electoral pact ahead of the upcoming state elections, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil said that Pakatan Harapan (PH) will prioritise its seat negotiations with its main ally in the federal government, Barisan Nasional (BN).
Speaking to reporters, Fahmi, who is also PH communications director said that after seat negotiations with BN has been finalised, the coalition will allocate seats internally before holding any discussion with other electoral partners.
“Ordinarily what happens in terms of deciding the seats, it will first be between BN and PH, and then subsequently within BN, its up to BN how they want to portion which seats go to which component party.
“And likewise the same with PH and subsequently beyond that,” he said after attending the 2024 Connect Asia Workshop at Royale Chulan here.
Fahmi said that the same arrangement took place in the last elections where PH dealt with seat negotiations internally before deciding to give up any of their quota to other electoral partners.
On the remaining seats that clash between PH and BN, he said the top leadership of the alliance will come up with a decision soon.
“I’m sure this matter will be resolved well, inshaAllah, there are no issues, I believe in the near future, the leadership will resolve it,” he said responding on nine seats that are yet to be delegated between PH and BN.
Earlier today. Muda issued a statement accusing Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari of misleading the voters on possible cooperation between the youth-centric party and PH.
Muda information chief Luqman Long denied that any discussion happened with PH on seat allocation as state elections are nearing.
Yesterday, Amirudin said PH and BN have finalised talks on seat allocation for the Selangor state election.
He said he is confident that the alliance between PH and BN will manage to win two-thirds majority in Selangor.
When asked about the involvement of Muda in the seat talks, Amirudin said that the PH presidential council will decide, as both parties were partners in an electoral pact during the 15th general election.
Muda has repeatedly pledged its allegiance to PH and has applied to be part of the coalition.
Earlier this month, Muda said it has identified the party’s potential candidates based on an assessment of their strength and potential to contest in the six states set for elections.
Muda deputy president Amira Aisya Abd Aziz said the process was important to identify the states that the party would field candidates, especially in areas with a strong party following, such as Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Penang.
Yesterday, the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah consented to the dissolution of the Selangor State Assembly this Friday.