KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 — Amanah president Mohamad Sabu was forced to step in today to calm growing tensions between his party’s Selangor chapter and state mentri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
It is understood that there has been a brewing dispute over state seat negotiations between Pakatan Harapan parties in Selangor for the 14th general election.
In a statement the politician, popularly known as “Mat Sabu” urged the party’s coalition partners to resolve their disputes over seat negotiations behind closed doors.
“All sides need to restrain themselves in giving statements to either the media or on social media. I hope that discussions between PH components are done with meetings and in a closed manner.
“Let disputes be settled at the negotiating table to find the best solutions for the coalition in Selangor,” he said.
The former PAS deputy president said he was confident that the parties could put aside their differences in the struggle to capture Putrajaya in elections expected later this year.
“Our real enemy is Umno/BN and I am confident that we can take them on by practicing mutual respect, wisdom and patience between component parties.”
On Friday Selangor Azmin had openly accused Amanah of lying that seat negotiations in Selangor had yet to take place, saying that 80 per cent of seats had been finalised in four rounds of negotiations.
“Amanah is lying…Amanah is not telling the truth, Amanah is not amanah (trustworthy).”
Azmin’s outburst came after he was asked to comment on a special committee for seat negotiations announced by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said there would be no such committee and explaining that PH had not reached a consensus among its four components.
“But now there is a request, instead of naming the committee the Selangor election committee, they want it to be focused on seat negotiations,” he said.
“(So) we named it 'seat negotiations committee'. Same party members, same parties.”
Mahathir had announced the special committee after Selangor PH seat negotiations stalled due to differing views between PKR and the three other PH parties- Amanah, Pribumi and DAP.
The three parties had turned downed negotiations at the election committee and insisted that a separate committee is formed.
They insisted the election committee, chaired by PKR Sri Andalas assemblyperson Xavier Jeyakumar, did not have the mandate to negotiate seats.
Jeyakumar yesterday accused Amanah of pointlessly causing discord and said there was no need for a separate committee, blaming the party for stalling negotiations with this request.
He added that Selangor the PH election committee had been instructed by the PH presidential council to expedite negotiations and hoped the meeting would be held soon.