SURPRISE, surprise. The Democratic Action Party and Parti Keadilan Rakyat have yet to agree on seat allocations for the upcoming parliamentary election.
After their first meeting on Sept 18, the parties had said they would somehow have worked everything out by their meeting on Oct 2 – last Sunday.
But of course this was just part of Pakatan Rakyat’s PR spin, which never reflects reality.
Because in a marriage of convenience (or is it inconvenience) where the only reason the parties are even together is to defeat Barisan Nasional — yes not because they want to serve the people, but because they want power — they are unlikely to see eye to eye on a lot of things.
Now imagine if we were actually silly enough to give them the reins of power. How stable would this State and country be with people whose sole aim is to be the boss?
Don’t we have enough of such people in our own offices? Those who just want to be the boss but who have no qualifications whatsoever to be in the driver’s seat?
Anyway, I digress. Both DAP and PKR are eyeing 12 to 15 seats each. There are only 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak. You do the math.
PR’s other partner, Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), was not represented at either the meeting on Sept 18 or the one last Sunday.
Hmm. If you’re truly partners, shouldn’t their opinions count too? Even if the two or three Muslim majority seats PAS wants are not sought by DAP?
Which by the way err … PKR wants 15, DAP wants 15 and PAS wants three … Hmm …
The first time PAS wasn’t there the PR line was that the PAS leaders had to be in Malaya. This time round they say it’s because the seats they want are not wanted by the DAP.
Really? I think DAP just doesn’t want to be seen too often with PAS and their Hudud law and Islamic state which has no place in multicultural Sarawak!
Anyway apparently PKR and PAS have overlapping claims, which they will have a separate meeting on.
Hmm … Not that the DAP would be too concerned. They are feeling confident as they would seem to have the ‘upper hand’ having won more seats in the State election, 12 compared to the PKR’s just three.
So it is likely that instead of a true consensus, it will be the DAP demanding to have their way and PKR giving in the end.
The report from The Sun:
PKR and DAP yet to reach consensus on S’wak seats allocation
By Sulok Tawie
KUCHING (Oct 4, 2011): Sarawak PKR and DAP are still unable to agree on the allocation of seats for each party to contest in the coming general election due to overlapping claims.
Despite having the second round of meeting on Sunday to finalise the allocation issue, both parties were unable to agree on “a small number of seats”.
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, however, expressed confidence that the allocations would be settled before the general elections.
“But we are in an advanced stage of coming up with solutions,” he said today at a press conference.
“The overlapping claims involved a small number of seats.”
Baru, who is also the state assemblyman for Ba’Kelalan, said the negotiations between PKR and DAP was a lot easier this time around compared to the run-up to the April state elections.
He said PAS was not represented at the second meeting as it had no overlapping claim on seats with the DAP.
“However, PKR and PAS are both claiming a few seats. So, PKR will hold separate meeting with PAS later,” he added.
Baru also dismissed reports that he will contest in the Baram parliamentary constituency in the coming election.
“I want to make is very clear here that I am not a candidate. We have two qualified persons in mind, one is a lawyer and the other, a soil scientist,” he added.
He said the two had been very active on the ground, trying to get the feedback.
PKR and DAP are eyeing between 12 to 15 seats each, out of 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak.
PAS is expected to contest two or three Muslim/Malay areas.
The Bernama story:
No Opposition Accord Yet On Sarawak Parlimentary Seats
By Alan Ting
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) — After two rounds of talks, the PKR-DAP-PAS opposition pact has yet to reach a consensus on the allocation of the parliamentary seats each of the parties will contest in Sarawak in the next general election, according to party insiders.
They attribute the problem mainly to disagreement between DAP and PKR on the number of seats each of the parties want to contest as there are “overlapping” claims on some seats.
PAS has no overlapping claims on seats with the DAP, but the Islamic party has such claims with PKR on a few seats, they said.
Sarawak DAP Chairman Wong Ho Leng, when contacted, played down the failure to reach consensus, saying there would be more negotiations before the final decision was made.
“No consensus, but it is not problematic. There are a few overlapping (claims on) seats. Sarawak PKR said they will leave it to the ‘pusat’ (party’s central leadership) to negotiate with us,” he said.
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, when contacted, expressed confidence that the seat allocation could be resolved before the general election as the negotiations between PKR and DAP were easier now as compared to the talks on seat allocation for the Sarawak state election held in April this year.
He declined to comment, however, on whether the matter would be referred to the party’s national leadership for a solution.
The DAP and PKR had initially failed to reach a consensus on the number of seats to contest in the run-up to the state election. The matter was only resolved after the PKR national leadership allowed its state leadership to negotiate directly with the DAP state leadership.
Even then, they could not avoid multi-cornered fights which saw the involvement also of the opposition Sarawak National Party (SNAP).
It is learnt that the DAP and PKR are eyeing between 12 and 15 seats each out of the 31 parliamentary seats in Sarawak.
PAS is expected to contest two or three seats in the predominantly Malay areas.