Four seats previously won by PH.
The Malaysia United Democratic Alliance (Muda) will contest at least six seats in the Johor state election next month, after reaching an agreement with Pakatan Harapan’s Amanah and DAP.
In a joint statement, Muda president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu, and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the three parties came to the agreement in the interest of a larger political cooperation during and after the election.
“These formal talks resulted in agreement on three main goals: avoiding overlaps, focusing resources and the parties’ machinery to ensure the success of the chosen candidates; and the joint formation of the Johor government to help the people achieve their dreams.
The six seats allocated to Muda are Tenang, Bukit Kepong, Parit Raja, Machap, Puteri Wangsa and Bukit Permai.
Parit Raja and Machap was previously won and contested by Umno in the 14th general election.
Tenang, Bukit Kepong, Puteri Wangsa and Bukit Permai were contested and won by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) during the 14th general election, when it was still a part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
It is understood that four out of the six seats given to Muda were initially allocated to Amanah.
DAP only gave up two seats –Machap and Bukit Permai – as it was originally only assigned 16 seats compared to Amanah and PKR getting 20 respectively.
With the conclusion of the negotiations, DAP and Amanah will end up contesting 14 seats and 16 seats respectively while Muda will have at least six and this could increase depending on how many seats PKR is willing to give up.
All eyes are now on PKR’s negotiation with Muda, which have in recent years seen friction with DAP and Amanah.
This includes PKR deciding to use its own logo for the Johor polls while DAP and Amanah will use the Harapan banner.
Other opposition parties such as Pejuang has indicated it does not intend to cooperate with Harapan while Warisan has yet to formally reveal if it plans to contest in the Johor polls.
This is the first time that 18-year-old voters will be able to cast their ballots, after the Undi18 Bills were gazetted last year.