KUALA LUMPUR — April 2, 2018: Pribumi Bersatu supreme council member Akhramsyah Sanusi today confirmed that his party has yet to finalise its candidates for the general elections, with he himself unsure if he will be fielded.
According to Akhramsyah, only party chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad knows who will be in. Mahathir is also the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan opposition chairman.
It was stated at the Pakatan national convention in January that Pribumi Bersatu would be given the most number of parliamentary seats, apparently to contest 52 parliamentary seats, followed by PKR (51), DAP (35) and Amanah (27). A source with Pribumi Bersatu said the party has so far identified only about 30 candidates.
The seat allocation was something contentious because despite an agreement by the top leadership, those lower down the ladder saw this differently.
Political analyst Dr. Kamarul Zaman Yusoff had said that Pribumi Bersatu’s greed in the distribution of seats would create further issues for the pact.
“The distribution in Johor had incurred the wrath of Amanah and the greed by Pribumi was uncalled for, especially since it is the newest party in the pact,” commented Kamarul.
Some among the Pakatan leadership in Selangor are also at odds over the allocation, with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali yesterday saying he hoped to solve the issue soonest possible.