Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pakatan agrees on 46 of 71 seats ahead of Sarawak state polls


Published: Saturday May 17, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM Updated: Saturday May 17, 2014 MYT 2:25:33 PMBY SHARON LING
Agreement achieved: Chong (seated, centre), Baru (seated, third from left) and other Pakatan leaders after the meeting in Kuching.
Agreement achieved: Chong (seated, centre), Baru (seated, third from left) and other Pakatan leaders after the meeting in Kuching.
KUCHING: The state Pakatan Rakyat has decided on the allocation of 46 out of 71 seats in preparation for the next state elections.
Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the allocation was agreed between all three parties — DAP, PKR and PAS — in the first round of negotiations held yesterday.
“It’s a good start. The elections may be around the corner, so that’s why we had this meeting and we have reached a consensus on 46 seats,” he told a press conference after the meeting at DAP headquarters here yesterday.
He, however, declined to disclose the breakdown of the seats among the parties or identify which seats were still in contention.
He added that negotiations would be ongoing for the remaining 25 seats through informal and formal meetings.
“We have not set a deadline to decide on the seats but we hope to do it as soon as possible.”
State PKR chairman Baru Bian agreed that this was a good beginning for the Opposition.
“This time we have started our preparations very early and it’s a good sign. Forty-six seats have been settled, which is beyond 50% of the total seats,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chong also said the polls could be held soon given the present developments in Sarawak politics, with former SPDP president Tan Sri William Mawan and former SUPP deputy secretary-general Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh quitting their parties with nine other elected representatives to join Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).
~ The Star

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