In Selangor, Pakatan grapples with seat talks as hot potato hits

Selangor PH election director Xavier Jayakumar had previously said that the distribution of the Selangor state seats would be finalised in mid-March or before the dissolution of Parliament, at the latest. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Selangor PH election director Xavier Jayakumar had previously said that the distribution of the Selangor state seats would be finalised in mid-March or before the dissolution of Parliament, at the latest. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — The dates for polling and nomination have been announced, but Pakatan Harapan (PH) is still stuck over how to divide six state seats in Selangor.

It is understood the seats in question are Sungai Burong, Sungai Panjang, Seri Serdang, Lembah Jaya, Kota Damansara and Dusun Tua.

Negotiations for these seats have been taking place for over a month, with the latest rounds of discussions made yesterday.

“Yes, there are still overlapping claims the problem is that no one is willing to back down from their demands,” Selangor PH election director Xavier Jayakumar told Malay Mail when contacted.

He was previously reported as saying that the distribution of the Selangor state seats would be finalised in mid-March or before the dissolution of Parliament, at the latest.

It is also understood that the matter will now be brought to PH’s top leadership for a final decision to be made.

“We are in a deadlock, and we are trying to solve it before bringing it to the top leadership hopefully within 24 to 48 hours’ time,” Xavier said.

Another issue that may hamper this and possibly upset upset previously decided seat allocations is PKR’s interest in fielding PAS defector Mohd Khairuddin Othman for the Paya Jaras seat.

Mohd Khairuddin is the incumbent assemblyman for area and left PAS for PKR on Sunday.

According to Selangor Amanah chief Izham Hashim, the state PH leadership has already decided that his party will contest the seat.

“Morally, it should be unacceptable for you to join a party at the last minute and then contest the seat,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.

“We are still holding on to the seat. Paya Jaras, it’s already been agreed, and we have a winnable candidate,” Izham added.

However, Xavier said fielding Mohd Khairuddin would be a sound strategic move for Selangor PH.

“We (in PKR) consider him as a good candidate; also, strategically it is a good signal to send out to PAS members that things are changing, grassroots are also changing.

“Paya Jaras is under the Sungai Buloh constituency under the redelineation. So we must have a solid base in Paya Jaras to support our claim to the parliamentary constituency,” he explained.

Polling for the 14th general election will be on May 9 with nomination will take place on April 28.

PH has said they will formally announce candidates for all parliamentary and state constituencies by April 25.

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