Seat squabble sizzles


Seat squabble sizzles

Seat squabble sizzles

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
  • Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak Lee Guan Aik
Lee (left) wants the party to contest more seats in the state, but Azizan says it's not going to happen. (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)

KUALA LUMPUR: A PKR state assemblyman in Kedah has come out in support of the stand of the Mentri Besar that the three Pakatan Rakyat component parties should stick to the 2008 formula when it comes to seat allocations.


Merbok state assemblyman Datuk Rashid Din said he wondered how DAP could demand for more state seats if they are not making their presence felt in those constituencies.


Speaking to The Mole, Rashid said: “Gurun happens to be one of the seats that the DAP wants. My constituency is in Merbok which is not far from Gurun and I have not come across much DAP activity there.’’


“My personal opinion is that DAP should go back to the basic principles of the 2008 seat allocation for all three parties as stated by (Kedah Mentri Besar) Datuk Seri Azizan (Abdul Razak),” Rashid said, referring to Azizan’s assertion that DAP would not be given additional seats in the next general election and that there would be no change to seat allocations between Pas, PKR and DAP. 


“Back in 2008, they did not demand more seats,” Rashid said, “now all of a sudden they want it?’’


Asked what he thought of the possibility of a three-cornered fight between Pas, PKR and DAP in some state seats in Kedah, Rashid said it seems as if DAP is eyeing PKR’s constituencies.


“It shows that the DAP is riding on PKR’s ticket just so they can win the Chinese majority in all those extra constituencies,” he said.


In the impending general election, DAP wants to contest in four extra state seats, Lunas, Gurun, Bakar Bata and Bakar Arang. 


In the expected soon-to-be-held 13th general election,  the DAP also wants to contest in two Parliamentary seats, Padang Serai and Alor Setar.


In the12th general election in 2008, DAP only contested in two state seats, Kota Darulaman and Derga. It did not field any candidates in Kedah parliamentary seats then.


The Lunas seat, one of those eyed by the DAP, is currently held by an independent (formerly PKR), Mohd Radzhi Salleh. The other seats,  Bakar Batu is held by Barisan Nasional's Datuk Ahmad Bashah Hanipah while Derga is with BN's Dr Cheah Soon Hai.


In the blog Kuala Lumpur Chronicle yesterday, Beruang Biru highlighted a statement by Kedah DAP chairman Lee Guan Aik that a failure to allocate more seats in the state to DAP would result in three-cornered fights for several seats.


“The threatening statement does not only trigger rage among Pas supporters,” the blogger wrote, “it also questions the position of DAP in PR…that they are trying to dominate the pact.”


“(It) Seems that Pas' supporters just realised how arrogant DAP is in keeping their interest instead of the interest for all,” he added.


The blogger said the fight between DAP and Pas over State and Parliamentary seats in Kedah “is only one of the hundreds of proofs that show Pakatan would be dead by the coming 13th GE.”


DAP’s Lee told The Mole the party needed more seat allocations to remain part of the Pakatan state government.


“If Pas denies our request, it shows that we are not working together,” he said.


“We have since forwarded our requests to the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council to mediate,” he continued, “and we expect this top leadership to decide on something that will be good for all three parties.’’


DAP vice chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw when contacted said with the 13th general election just around the corner, now is the best time for all three parties to work out a solution to this matter. 


“It will be best for all three parties to sit down and talk the matter over and compromise with each other,” he said.


Blogger Beruang Biru was less optimistic about Pakatan’s chances of maintaining a strong alliance.


“The meeting point between DAP, PKR and Pas who then make the PR (which was not registered) was only based on the fact that BN was their enemy, not because they want to take care of the rakyat or even develop the nation,” he wrote.


“How fit can PR be in leading a country when they could not even settle internal issues and when they threaten one another?” he asked.


“Everyone is for their own ideas and they would not take no for an answer,” he said. “The country might be devastated if PR rules.”