JOHOR BARU, Nov 18, 2015:
To avoid difficult situations for the Opposition front in the state, Johor PKR will assist in “mediating” on issues between the parties.
It is learnt that PKR will take on the role of assisting PAS, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) in Johor to streamline and improve on issues of mutual interest, especially relating to seat allocations for the coming general election.
Johor PKR deputy chairman Jimmy Phuah Wee Tse said the state party would make efforts to assist in the issue of seat allocations for all parties to avoid a multi-cornered contest come the general election.
“Johor PKR is not officially the mediator but since we are part of the opposition in Johor, we are keen to avoid three-cornered contests between like-minded parties,” he told The Rakyat Post.
The issue over allocations for both state and parliamentary seats in Johor, as preparation for the coming general election, cropped up recently after Johor Amanah announced its candidates.
Last week, its state chairman, Aminolhuda Hassan, said that Johor Amanah had confirmed its candidate list for 30 state and 10 parliamentary seats.
Such a situation was expected to see Johor Amanah candidates going head-on with PAS, who is not part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
However, Phuah is hopeful that Johor PKR can work something out and negotiate with the parties concerned.
“We have always maintained a working relationship with the PAS leadership in the state despite the split.
“We will try our best to help and assist in strengthening the parties as PAS is also part of the opposition,” said the Bukit Batu assemblyman.
Phuah said the party’s state leadership had always taken the position that it would engage with any parties or organisations within and outside of Pakatan Harapan that shared common objectives.
Meanwhile, Aminolhuda said that Johor Amanah welcomed the move as long as it was agreed in principle with the rest of the Pakatan Harapan parties in Johor.
“In the end, whatever discussions must receive the consensus from the state Pakatan Rakyat leadership,” he said in response.
The PAS central leadership had earlier this year, during its muktamar, severed ties with DAP.
This led to the collapse of the seven-year-old Pakatan Rakyat coalition that was based on three parties, namely PAS, DAP and PKR.
Shortly after that, DAP and several former PAS progressive leaders, who had since joined Amanah, established the Pakatan Harapan coalition, without the participation of the Islamist party.
This situation has seen a fractured opposition, with PAS not being part of the newly-formed Pakatan Harapan.