Umno tactic of fanning racism and creating Malay insecurity – DAP vying 90 Seats

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KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice president Tian Chua said the DAP will not be contesting in 90 seats in the next general election as highlighted by several blogs and news reports.
He said the number of seats allocation for Pakatan Rakyat will be about the same as that of the 2008 general elections, five percent more or less.

Tian Chua said in an sms reply to The Mole: “The number of seats contested by each Pakatan Rakyat component party will be about five per cent more or less than what was contested in the last election.’’

He then attributed the issue of seats allocations among the Pakatan partners as: “This is a usual Umno tactic of fanning racism and creating Malay insecurity, however among Pakatan Rakyat we are clear on our stand on seat allocation.”

In 2008, Parti Keadilan Rakyat contested 97 seats, Pas contested 66 seats while DAP 47 seats.

Of the seats contested, PKR won 31, Pas only 23 seats while the DAP won 28 of the 47 seats it contested.

A blog post at Suarapakatanrakyat stated the DAP will be vying for 90 seats in the next election and this was picked up Utusan Malaysia.

While Tian Chua was quite sure of the seat allocation between the Pakatan component, DAP’s national deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw was more coy in a text reply, saying: “It is only possible to know the number of seats to be contested before nomination.”

“We need to get the consensus from the partners and party branches. This time the competition is more intense.”

Asked what will be the basis if DAP decides to contest for more seats in the next elections, Dr Tan said: “It is necessary to reach a consensus,’’ he said but refused to elaborate.

Meanwhile, Penang Institute chief executive officer Zairil Khir Johari and a DAP man said reports that the DAP will contest for 90 seats is ridiculous.

“That is a very unrealistic number. In the 2008 general election DAP only contested in 47 seats.’’

However, Zairil said the party is still discussing to decide on how many seats it intends to contest in the next elections.

The latest figure provided by Parliament’s official website, Barisan Nasional holds 137 parliamentary seats, Pakatan Rakyat holds 75, Independent members hold 8 seats and Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air holds one 1 seat. The Mole