Discussion with Muda is over, says PKR chairman on seat allocation

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PKR discussion with Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) is over after failing to find a win-win situation for both parties in the run up for the Johor polls.

State PKR chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said that there was no meeting point with Muda despite many attempts made through discussions.

“I gave a certain time line for us because we need to move forward and I understand the need for PKR and Muda to work together where it is not the problem but we have to move forward and I cannot be waiting all the time.

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“I would not say the discussions failed as it was open but there need to be a finality and that finality come with PKR announcing the candidates,” he added.

Syed Ibrahim, who was also the Ledang MP, said this after PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the names of the five party candidates on Monday (Feb 14).

He added that the candidates that the party was naming would be contesting in the state election, including the seats that Muda were requesting.

PKR had named its Johor Wanita chief Napsiah Khamis for the Kempas state seat, Tebrau PKR division Chiong Sen Sern replacing Bukit Batu incumbent Jimmy Puah Wee Tse, Tiram incumbent assemblyman S Gopalakrishnan, Dr Zamil Najwah Arbain for the Larkin seat, and Fakhruddin Moslim for the Pasir Raja seat.

Anwar was expected to announce the remaining 15 candidates for PKR in the state election in Rengit and Batu Pahat.

Syed Ibrahim said even with negotiations with Muda done and dusted, PKR was still open for having further discussions with the new party.

“To me, let us just focus on winning the seats while we can have another discussion for us to gather and seek understanding to have the least or minimising our friction as opposition parties in the Johor election,” he added. – The Star