PAKATAN Harapan expects to finalise the allocation of federal seats within the next one week, said deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin in Johor Bahru today.
“We hope to finalise the federal seat allocation in one week’s time,” he said during a PH press conference.
“The state seat allocation is ongoing. After the federal seats are allocated, the parties will then identify the right candidates for the different seats.”
Muhyiddin, who is also PH Johor chief, said Johor had been identified as a front-line state.
“They feel it is time for them to change and give a chance to PH. Johor is a front-line state for PH, where the signal to attack Putrajaya begins with Nusajaya .”
Johor is the birthplace of Umno and one of the states in which BN is strongest.
PH currently holds six of the 26 federal seats in Johor, and only 19 out of the 56 state seats.
Muhyiddin said the PH state meeting also discussed the coalition’s preparations for the next general election.
The Bersatu president said the pact would launch a campaign called Expanding Hope, or “Luaskan Harapan”, in the state.
“We want to let Johoreans know that PH has an agenda for them and can offer more to them. This will start today, and we will go on until the general election is over.”
NAJIB’S U.S. VISIT A GIMMICK
The former deputy prime minister said PH had also decided to hold a state convention next month, and the state PH would be launched on September 29 in Johor Bahru.
He called Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the White House a “gimmick” meant to divert attention away from the US Department of Justice’s civil and criminal suits in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.
He said it was odd that Najib wanted Malaysia to invest US$24 billion (RM100 billion) in the US to “help the US economy” when the country was the world’s biggest economy.
“On the one hand, we are borrowing money (US$50 billion) from China to build our public infrastructure, and on the other, we go and invest US$20 billion in the US.”
The former international trade and industry minister said he was surprised at the lack of a reciprocal announcement by US President Donald Trump.
“In international trade, there is usually some kind of reciprocal action, such as the US promising to raise its import of Malaysian goods in exchange for investments. But there’s been nothing here.
“Nothing has been said to this effect. Najib has lost his focus and just wants to look like he has the backing of the American president.
“This is a gimmick to divert attention away from the DoJ issues.”
Present were PH vice-presidents Salahuddin Ayub (Amanah) and Liew Chin Tong (DAP).