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20 April 2013

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PAS to discuss PKR seat clashes on Monday

The PAS leadership will meet on Monday to discuss the multi-cornered contests with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partner PKR in six seats nationwide for the May 5 general elections.

In a statement here, PAS assistant secretary-general Ahmad Sabki Yusof called on all members and supporters of PR to remain patient until a decision is reached by the party’s top leadership.

After nominations closed today, the Islamist party clashed with PKR in six seats, including the Labuan federal constituency and six state seats – Sungai Acheh, Kota Damansara, Bukit Besi, Kota Putera and

Seberang Takir.

The clashes, which resulted from the last minute breakdown in seat negotiations between the two PR partners, will likely see a split in support for the opposition bloc, giving the edge to their contenders from Barisan Nasional (BN).

In the Sg Acheh state seat, Badrul Hisham Shahrin of PKR will be involved in a contest with Umno’s Mahmud Zakaria and Yusni Mat Piah of PAS.

In Labuan, PKR’s Ibrahim Menudin will face-off with Hadnan Mohamad of PAS and Rosman Isli of BN.

In Terengganu, PAS is fielding three candidates in state seats meant to be a straight fight between ally PKR and BN.

PAS’s Adam Mat Said is up against PKR’s Mohamad Abdul Ghani Ibrahim and BN’s Mohd Mahdi Musa in Kota Putera.

In Bukit Besi, Roslan Ismail will run as the PAS candidate against PKR’s Mohd Shamsul Mat Amin and BN’s Roslee Daud.

In Seberang Pakir state seat, PAS’s Zakaria Dagang is in a three-way fight with incumbent Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Razak from BN and PKR’s Ahmad Nazri Mohd Yusof.

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