Winds of Change

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IPOH  –  Pakatan Rakyat component parties are fighting among themselves to have more state and parliamentary seats in the general election, says the Perak Mentri Besar.

Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said unlike the “other side”, Barisan Nasional component parties respected each other and would always discuss the allocation of seats.

“Their members are fighting for benefits and trying to get more representation for their respective parties,” he told journalists after a consumer’s day event yesterday.

Dr Zambry stressed that component parties in Barisan share the same path and goals and it was a tradition to discuss seats, rather than fight over them.

He said this when asked to comment on a statement by MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel on the proposal to swap the Behrang and Pasir Panjang state seats with Umno.

“There are talks to swap seats, but this is to ensure victory for Barisan.

“There are several suggestions but I’m more inclined to the one in which MIC’s quota in Perak remains the same, which is four state representatives.

“However, Umno president (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) will have the final say,” he said.

Dr Zambry acknowledged that Barisan had weaknesses and would institute changes.

“Times have changed and so have the people. We are aware of this and we want to be a responsible government,” he added.  –  The Star