Johor Amanah confident in fielding over 14 candidates for GE14

12-Jan-2018 Intellasia | The Malay Mail Online | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) is confident it will get to contest more state seats in the coming 14th general elections, after negotiations within the Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) started yesterday.

Malay Mail understands that more than 60 per cent of state seat allocations have been settled among the Johor PH component parties DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Amanah and PKR on the first day itself.

Johor Amanah chair Aminolhuda Hassan was upbeat about the early negotiations among member parties.

“For us, we are now looking at being allocated more than 14 state seats and at present we are pleased with the early negotiations with the other component parties,” he said when contacted by Malay Mail today.

He hopes that will be settled soon by this month.

Malay Mail understands Johor Amanah is confident it will get to contest in more than 14 state seats, based on the party’s strength and reach.

Johor has a total of 56 seats in the state legislative assembly. An equal division of the seats among the four PH components will see a quota of 14 seats for each party.

In the past general election in 2013, Barisan Nasional won 37 state seats, leaving PKR and DAP with 16 seats while PAS took three.

Last Sunday, a group of Johor Amanah senior members, led by Aminolhuda, staged a boycott at the PH convention in Kuala Lumpur due to dissatisfaction with only given two parliament seats from five requested.

The incident sparked questions about Johor Amanah’s commitment to the PH pact, but was later clarified as due to unhappiness about the parliamentary seat allocation by the state leadership.

On the issue of the parliament seats, Aminolhuda said the state leadership has agreed to leave the matter to PH’s central leadership to make a decision.

“We at the state level have appealed and it is up to them to make a decision on what is the best move,” he explained.


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