He admitted that the four component parties were each confident that their candidates would be able to win these seats. He did not identify the seats, however. Pakatan Harapan comprises Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.
Pakatan Harapan had announced that the allocation of the seats had to be finalised by the end of February at the latest, ahead of the 14th General Election.
Asked about a claim that PPBM was unhappy with the allocation of Selangor state seats, Xavier Jayakumar said all component parties felt the same way.
Selangor PPBM Information chief Sallehudin Amiruddin was reported to have said that PPBM would contest 12 state seats in keeping with the original objective of the party to compete with UMNO in GE14.
One thing we should learn from the previous coalition of Pakatan Rakyat but obviously haven't is that alliance can turn sour, with regrets over seats given away.
PAS has demonstrated it is dangerous for coalitions liek Pakatan to trust (a) parties which have quite contrasting ideologies and (b) new comers. DAP and PAS are two examples of parties with diametrically contrasting ideologies, the former being a secular socialist democrat whilst the latter is an Islamist theocracy. It's like chalk and cheese or oil and water. Invariably, trouble lurks sinister-ly behind them.
PAS was allocated 20 seats in GE13 in which it won 15. PKR grabbed 21 but won only 14, whilst DAP won 15 out of the 15 allocated.
The 5 which PAS lost and the 7 by PKR went to BN (UMNO).
Now that PAS is no longer in the coalition with its place taken by Amanah, the allocation should be more even, considering that PAS and PKR had lost seats allocated, especially PKR.
The division should be (IMHO) PKR 18, DAP 18, Amanah, 18, making a total of 54 seats allocated. The remaining two can then go to Pribumi.
Why have I been cruel to Pribumi, apart from the fact I don't like it, wakakaka?
Pribumi is like PAS, still not to be fully trusted. What if it breaks away from Pakatan and rejoin UMNO? Don't give it 12 seats as it has demanded. UMNO-held seats do not mean those go automatically to Pribumi.
Secondly, it's a newcomer to Pakatan thus should get the least in deference to its seniors. Amanah has been loyal, with its members courageously breaking from their Mothership to stick to Pakatan. I strongly believe it deserves 18 seats (one third). If PAS ADUNs defect, preferably let them join Amanah. Their seats should constitute the 18 allocated to Amanah.
PKR has been a greedy naughty party which always grabbed more than it could chew, so 18 should be sufficient. We have to see how many it can win, wakakaka.
DAP has performed well in GE12 and GE13 thus it should be rewarded with an extra 3.