Changkat Jong state seat goes to DAP, not Amanah

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Pakatan Harapan’s top leadership has made its final say on the issue surrounding the Changkat Jong state seat in Perak, which has seen a clash between DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

Its chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said a candidate from DAP will contest Changkat Jong instead of Amanah in the 15th General Election (GE15).

“Discussions between the party’s top leadership were held and it was agreed upon that the seat is to be handed over to DAP, not Amanah.

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“Amanah gave quite a strong argument for Changkat Jong, and DAP did the same.

“After taking all (aspects) into account, the consensus (by the PH top leadership) was to give (Changkat Jong) to DAP,” he said.

On Friday, state Amanah chairman Datuk Asmuni Awi announced that Dr Muhaimin Sulam would contest the seat, but DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke later in the night named Badrul Hisham Badarudin as his party’s candidate for same seat.

Anwar also announced PKR will contest the Sungai Siput and Tapah parliamentary seats in Perak, as well as the Sembrong parliamentary seat in Johor.

Anwar, who is also PKR president, named S Kesavan and M Saraswati as the party’s candidates for Tapah and Sungai Siput, respectively.

He said Hasni Abas as the party’s pick for Sembrong.

Yesterday, PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli had said the party was still negotiating with Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) for these three seats.

It was reported that PSM was requesting the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat.

On the announcement by Perak Muda chief Mutalib Uthman, who said he would contest Tapah, Anwar said there was confusion on the matter.

“I was informed about the announcement by one of Muda’s members.

“The party’s president, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, contacted me and said the announcement did not represent the party.

“Tapah will be contested by PKR’s K Saraswati, while Muda has Muar, Tanjung Karang, Tanjung Piai and more, which will be announced soon.” – NST