DAP: We’ll allocate seats just before polls

(NST) – DAP deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw said the three Pakatan Rakyat parties will only decide on seat allocation arrangement “just before nomination day”.

“We will have a meeting just before nomination day and our parties will have to come to a consensus.

“It is hard to predict seat allocations now, but we do meet and discuss at the local and state levels,” he said, commenting on a newspaper report that DAP would get to contest up to 90 parliamentary seats this time around.

Pas vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar told the New Straits Times when contacted: “If you want to know the number of seats we are contesting, wait till the nomination day.”

Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Tian Chua insisted that the distribution of seats would be close to or similar to the last election.

In the 2008 election, PKR contested 97 parliamentary seats, Pas 66 and DAP 46.

The DAP had since won 12 of the 15 state seats in the Sarawak elections, prompting suggestions that the seat-allocation arrangement may be tweaked.