WELL it’s been three months since Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the Democratic Action Party (DAP) started to officially negotiate (read argue) over seat allocation for the upcoming parliamentary election in Sarawak.
Apparently after all this time, they still cannot agree on some of those seats.
But of course the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) spin is that they have resolved most of their overlapping claims. Yes, they have agreed to disagree.
DAP State chairman Wong Ho Leng said he is content that the number of overlapping claims had been trimmed down immensely.
“Many of the seats have been decided upon though some are still open to negotiation. However, we are unable to disclose which seats have been decided on and which seats are still overlapping,” he told a press conference recently.
Two of the seats still in contention are believed to be Stampin and Miri. Both are urban Chinese seats, which of course the DAP feels is its natural right to have.
However, PKR is eyeing the seats as the party believes DAP should concede some of these urban Chinese comfort zones.
PKR Miri chairman Dr Michael Teoh has been trying to rack up press coverage on every little move that he makes. He believes he has the support as he lost narrowly to Datuk Lee Kim Shin in Senadin during the State elections in April.
In Stampin, PKR State vice-chairman See Chee How has indicated his interest in standing for the seat.
He has pointed out in the past that he managed the highest majority amongst the state seats under the Stampin parliamentary seat when he won the Batu Lintang seat with an 8,381-vote majority.
The other two seats under the constituency are Batu Kawah and Kota Sentosa, which DAP won. Christina Chiew won by just 543 votes in Batu Kawah while Chong Chieng Jen won by a 4,824-vote majority.
Of course during the press conference Wong Ho Leng did most of the talking and Baru Bian – PKR Sarawak chief – took a back seat.
Although Baru was the proposed opposition ‘Chief Minister’ before the State elections, this was quickly forgotten after DAP won more seats and began to flex its muscles as top dog in PR.
Anyway, Baru said they were “confident that at the end of the day, everything would be resolved and PR would face BN on a one-on-one basis”.
Interesting. So I guess PKR won’t be standing in the seats that it originally wanted after all? Because in October the party apparently wanted Stampin, Santubong, Petra Jaya, Mambong, Mas Gading, Baram, Miri, Layar, Julau, Selangau, Saratok, Batang Lupar, Kanowit and Kapit.
Because besides Stampin and Miri, DAP was also eyeing Mambong and Mas Gading. Of course the party also wants all the other urban Chinese seats. But it is trying to campaign in Dayak areas as well because the party knows it cannot have ‘power’ without the Dayak seats.
Ah well. We’ll know soon enough I guess.