FORMER Umno man, now Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) man, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has very magnanimously declared that the opposition parties in Sarawak will be ALLOWED to work out seat negotiations on their own.
Yes, so kind of him to GIVE opposition parties in our great State the PERMISSION to decide things for themselves.
This was after PKR VP Nurul Izzah Anwar announced that he would be in charge of the opposition’s seat negotiations in Sarawak back in November.
Being a savvy politician, Saifuddin came to the realisation that to gain political mileage, he would bestow the privilege of deciding Sarawak’s opposition seats to actual Sarawakians.
Or at least publicly that is.
Publicly PKR Sarawak, Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak and Parti Amanah Negara Sarawak can now decide on their own how to divvy up the 82 state constituencies among themselves in that marriage of (in)convenience known as Pakatan Harapan.
“All three parties agreed that the negotiation should be by state party leaders. The discussion is ongoing, which is a good sign,” claimed Saifuddin.
“They know each other better over there so we are giving them the chance to sort things out,” he added.
Wow! Truly amazing. So kind of the leaders in Malaya to give Sarawakian opposition leaders the chance to sort things out.
Wonderful. Always so good to be given a chance by those from Malaya don’t you think?
How would we be able to get anything done if they didn’t give us permission to do so!
Goodness. Scary to think what it would be like if Pakatan Harapan were to gain power in our great State.
Seems like no Harapan for Sarawakians to me.
The story from The Malaysian Insider:
Pakatan Harapan leaves seat talks to Sarawak parties for state polls
By Nabihah Hamid
Pakatan Harapan parties at state level have been given the freedom to discuss and decide on seat allocations for the upcoming Sarawak election, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said.
The Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief said PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) were currently discussing the matter.
“All three parties agreed that the negotiation should be by state party leaders. The discussion is ongoing, which is a good sign.
“They know each other better over there so we are giving them the chance to sort things out,” he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian had sent out letters to DAP and Amanah in November last year, calling for seat negotiation talks to be held.
PKR and DAP in the state are reportedly having disagreements over which to take and there are overlapping claims especially in the rural Dayak areas, which has seen the latter party making inroads with its Impian Sarawak projects.
Saifuddin, however, declined to say whether the negotiations included PAS, which was not a member of Pakatan Harapan.
“I would not attempt to answer that now. There were engaged with all relevant parties,” he said when asked the question.
The Sarawak election is expected to be called this March.