Friday, February 18, 2011


There is no doubt that seat allocation among Pakatan Rakyat component parties is going to be a very contentious issue. DAP, PAS and PKR will naturally be unwilling to give up to the other their "traditional " seats. Already we are hearing that there are those in PAS who are calling on the PAS leadership to take back seats which were given up by PAS to PKR. Within DAP too there are callls by members asking DAP to contest in the seats which DAP had given to PKR. PKR too will also seek to contest in DAP's seats.

Despite the jostling and horse trading for seats, it is most likely Pakatan Rakyat may use the present agreed formula and maintain the status quo.

I think the time has come for Pakatan Rakyat to agree that should a seat be allocated to a component party and thereafter should their party candidate on nomination day gives a walkover or after being elected either cross over to Barisan Nasional or becomes an independent assemblyman/parliamentarian, then the party forfeits the right to the seat in the next election.

If this is agreed then component parties of Pakatan Rakyat will be extra careful in selecting their candidates knowing very well that the party will not be given the said seat again should the representative walk out on the party.

One strike and you lose the seat ! Do you agree ?

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