Perikatan Nasional (PN) component parties have arrived at a consensus to settle the allocation of seats to be contested at parliamentary and state levels in the 15th general election (GE15).
PN chairman Muhyiddin Yassin said the coalition would continue negotiations on the distribution of seats and hold meetings starting from next week despite not getting any indication from Umno or Barisan Nasional (BN).
“We have not gotten any indication from Umno or BN to discuss about seat allocations. We are not sure of the forward direction of Umno and there is yet to be a clear statement from Umno or BN leaders.
“But the reality is that we are together in the government. If we are to wait for other parties to make a decision and stand, it will interfere with the affairs of the general election that PN wants to arrange,” he said at a press conference after chairing a PN Supreme Council meeting at its headquarters last night.
The Bersatu president said negotiations on seat allocations would be carried out among Bersatu, PAS and Gerakan for the peninsula, and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Parti Progresif Sabah (SAPP) in Sabah.
Muhyiddin said this was among the issues discussed during the PN Supreme Council meeting, at which a decision was also reached to support the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on political stability and transformation signed between the federal government and Pakatan Harapan on Sept 13.
He said PN would help convey its views and stand from time to time on the implementation of the MoU.
In addition, he will meet with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to deliver PN’s stand on the post of the Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker who will be picked at the coming Dewan Rakyat session.
Muhyiddin said the official launch of the national-level PN would be held in November to be hosted by Selangor PN.
The meeting also appointed Saiful Adli Mohd Arshad as PN’s executive secretary effective Oct 1.
The PN Supreme Council meeting also discussed approaches and programmes to support the youth in line with the implementation of Undi 18, and in preparation for the addition of young voters.