Fewer seat allocation for PAN to contest in GE14

12-Jan-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Penang’s Parti Amanah Negara (PAN) today admitted that the party was on the losing end in terms of seat allocation announced by Pakatan Harapan recently.

The party however sees it as part of the strategy to win in the 14th general election.

Its Youth information chief Mohd Faruk Abdul Rahman said that even though the number of seats allocated for PAN was significantly lower than the newer party which joined the pact, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), those seats were winnable seats by PAN.

“The seats which will be contested by PPBM and PKR are seats where there are hardcore voters and supporters of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno.

“So we need to give a strong fight, hence more seats allocated to the two parties.

“I believe this is the strategy decided by leaders of Pakatan Harapan. They have a plan and their aim is to win the election with as many seats as possible to take over Putrajaya,” he said when contacted today.

According to the seat allocation announced by Pakatan Harapan, PPBM will contest 52 seats, followed by PKR at 51 seats, DAP (35) and PAN (27).

Faruk said that Pas might be anticipating a one-on-one fight with PAN but that might not be the case for the majority of the seats.

He stressed again that PAN would contest in winnable seats instead of focusing to lock horns with Pas.

He also indicated that seat allocation for PAN at state seats could also decrease further with the inclusion of PPBM in the pact.

“Previously, there were talks of us contesting at five constituencies, but I believe we might hold on to at least two seats as we need to give space for PPBM to contest, again at hardcore voters and supporters of Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno areas,” he added.



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