Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) is undecided on the actual number of seats it will contest in the Johor state election after negotiations with PKR came to a standstill.
The party has been allocated six seats by DAP and Amanah, and has so far named candidates for four seats.
Speaking to the media today, its president Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said if there were to be more seats to contest, it would be those held by Bersatu, Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
He said Muda would not be going after seats that have been allocated to Pakatan Harapan (PH) parties.
“Muda’s commitment is not to contest in seats held by DAP, Amanah, or PKR. We will focus on the seats won by Umno and Bersatu.
“The seats that Muda will contest belongs to Umno or Bersatu, we want to bring long-term change, not just for this state elections.
“We are trying our best to find a consensus,” he said at a press conference after announcing three more Muda candidates for the Johor election, in Labis, today.
Bersatu won eight seats in the 14th General Election but the party later left PH in February 2020.
BN won 17 seats but three of its elected representatives left the party to join Bersatu after the GE14 while MIC won two seats.
Syed Saddiq was asked about the possibility of Muda contesting more than six seats which Muda obtained following negotiations with Amanah and DAP.
“Our other nominations will be announced in the near future, the number will also be announced when the time comes, now there are four, other candidates will be announced in the near future,” he said.
Muda’s negotiations with PKR have reached a dead-end after the party announced it would contest in all 20 state constituencies, including in seats currently held by Bersatu.
PKR President Anwar Ibrahim gave his assurance that he would support Muda candidates if there were no clashes between the two parties.
This was due to Syed Saddiq’s earlier impression that Muda was ready to fight PKR if the seat distribution between them failed to be achieved.
Syed Saddiq said Muda would try their best to help PH campaign machinery in Johor.
“As long as we can we try our best to help, we want the opposition to win and to make changes in Johor.”
“Muda will try our best to bring new offers to the people and work with those who have similar aspirations,” he added. – TMI