KUALA LUMPUR – April 28, 2016: Pakatan Harapan (PH) partners DAP and PKR will only try to mend their rift after the Sarawak state poll on May 7.
PKR election directors Nurul Izzah Anwar and Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah who announced the decision of the party today deemed that “enough has been said on the subject and we would re-orientate our focus”, in reference to the disputes with DAP over seats allocation in the state election.
Sarawak DAP and PKR had failed to find amicable solutions in resolving their overlapping seats conflict.
They are set to lock horns in six seats, namely Batu Kitang, Mulu, Murum, Simanggang, Ngemah and Mambong.
“We will handle what needs to be handled after May 7,” Izzah insisted during a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya.
She nonetheless keep mum when questions regarding the dispute were repeatedly asked by reporters.
“I’m choosing not to focus on that,” she stressed, “I’m choosing to move on.”
To a question on what does ‘move on’ specifically means, she explained that PKR will focus on the Sarawak state poll by supporting its candidates on ground there.
“May the best candidate wins,” she said.
The ‘move on’ sentiment was also expressed by DAP lawmaker Tony Pua two days ago.
Pua called for his party and PKR to campaign against Barisan Nasional and not be bogged down by their own dispute with each other.
At the press conference today, Izzah had also insisted that the dispute between PKR and DAP in Sarawak will not strain relations of the parties in the Peninsula.
“I think the ties between us (DAP and PKR) is far stronger than any particular electoral arrangement.
“I am confident that we will prevail and endure this challenge,” she said.