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Negeri Pribumi Protest Not A Serious Matter, Says Pakatan


PETALING JAYA - PKR has brushed aside criticisms by Negeri Sembilan Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) members, saying that its protest against the state’s seat allocation is not a serious matter.

Party secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said the seat allocation in the state was finalised on Saturday.

He said discussions at state level took a while and that there were disputes over the seats.

“So, all parties agreed that the central leadership settled the matter,” he added.

“This was the formula adopted after a series of consultations at the national level,” he told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Merchant Square yesterday.

“I don’t regard the (Pribumi) protest as a serious matter.”

On Sunday, the Negeri Sembilan Pakatan Harapan convention turned chaotic when state Pribumi members protested over the seats given to the party for the coming polls.

State Pribumi youth chief Mohd Sharul Anuar Abu Samah claimed that the party leadership had failed to discuss the matter with its state liaison committee, and demanded for seat allocations to be re-negotiated.

On a related matter, Saifuddin said seat negotiations in Selangor would carry on without any intervention by the Opposition coalition top leadership.

“I am confident and optimistic that Selangor will be able complete its negotiations in the given time frame,” he said.