Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian today said his party wants to conclude an early negotiation over seat allocations with its two Pakatan Harapan partners to avoid the squabbling experienced in the last state election.
“We need to settle the seat allocations with our partners, Sarawak DAP and Parti Amanah, as soon as possible because need to focus ourselves early for the general elections,” he told reporters after chairing the Sarawak chapter’s leadership council meeting here.
In the May 7 state election, Sarawak PKR and DAP clashed in six seats, despite a last minute efforts by the national leaderships of the two parties to resolve the overlapping claims.
He said the squabbling over seats between the two parties in the state elections is a good lesson that should not be repeated for the coming general elections.
“Our common enemy is the Barisan Nasional and we must focus of defeating them,” he said.
Baru, who is also Ba’Kelalan state assemblyman, he does not foresee much of a problem with the DAP in the coming general elections.
“Most likely we will maintain the status quo,” he said referring to the seat allocations between Sarawak PKR and DAP in the 2013 general elections.
Baru said last year’s delineation of electoral boundaries for Sarawak did not change the number of parliament seats in Sarawak, still remaining at 31.
“Therefore, the status quo, as being proposed by the Sarawak DAP, to us is logical, but we need to sit down with our partners and finalise it,” he said.
Based on the status quo, he said the Sarawak chapter of PKR will submit the names of potential candidates by the end of this month to the national leadership for endorsement.