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    Politics: Johor Seat Negotiations between DAP and PKR collapse

    In politics, we should always remember that we are subjected to psychological warfare tactics. So take this with a pinch of salt.

    Johor DAP-PKR seat negotiations collapse

    Sep 20, 11 4:43pm

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    The spat between DAP and PKR in Johor has brought the seat negotiations to a complete breakdown, with Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau declaring that his party will not go to the negotiating table with PKR again.

    According to reports in today's Chinese-language dailies, Boo (left) made the remark during a DAP dinner on Sunday, demanding his PKR counterpart Chua Jui Meng bear the full responsibility for the collapse of the negotiations.

    He claimed that previous seat negotiations with all four of Chua's predecessors had been smooth, until Chua took over the post last year.

    Although the negotiations deadline is Sept 31, Boo decided to shelve them since PKR failed to show its commitment and sincerity.

    “The negotiations between Johor DAP and PKR have collapsed. The central leadership will determine whether some seats will see three-cornered fights,” he was quoted as saying by China Press.

    The negotiations with Johor PAS will proceed as usual, according to the Johor state opposition leader.

    However, Chua (right) told China Press that all component parties of Pakatan Rakyat should set aside their differences and unite in order to topple the BN government.

    “I hope all comrades of the Pakatan component parties can observe discipline and unite to pursue our ultimate target,” he was quoted as saying.

    'No reason to give way in Tangkak'

    On the dispute over which party should contest in the Tangkak state constituency, Boo, who is also the Skudai state assemblyperson, reiterated that DAP has no reason to give way to PKR.

    “The seat had been contested by DAP except in the 2004 general election when it was given to PKR. In the 2008 general election, we contested in Tangkak again, and requested PAS to let PKR contest in the Ledang parliamentary constituency, allowing both parties to have their base there.”

    He claimed that DAP continued to serve the Tangkak constituents after they failed to capture the seat by a razor-thin majority of 295 votes.

    Previously, PKR's Ledang division had demanded that DAP “return” the Tangkak state seat to PKR, as it had been “loaned” to DAP in the 2008 general election, but this was dismissed by DAP.

    The dispute, which has tarnished the image of Johor Pakatan, was sparked by Boo's remark on micro-blogging website Twitter which criticised PKR for refusing to concede some of its seats to DAP in order for the party to contest an equal share of the parliamentary seats in Johor.

    Apart from Johor, the seat negotiations for Kedah Pakatan have also hit a stalemate. It has been decided to hand over the unresolved seats issue to the central leadership which will meet tomorrow.


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    Tuesday, 20 September 2011 18:12

    Tee Yong: DAP Boo's refusal to obey gag order shows Pakatan a fake alliance

    Written by Chua Tee Yong

    The actions of Johor Pakatan Rakyat in competing with each other for seats in the next General Elections until they have fallen out with each other exposes the truth about Pakatan Rakyat – that they are only working together for their own political interests.

    The actions of DAP Johor State Chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hao refusing to obey the gag order on seat negotiations with PKR Johor shows that when the three parties bonded together to form Pakatan Rakyat during the 308 General Elections, the alliance was only for them to fight their way into Putrajaya.

    Although Pakatan Rakyat often gives the impression of a peaceful coexistence between each other, Dr Boo Cheng Hau’s actions in revealing his displeasure with PKR Johor in public once again highlights the differences in opinions between the parties.

    This is not the first time a breakdown of negotiations between DAP and PKR has happened. During the Sarawak state elections, PKR Sarawak had refused to make way for DAP thus resulting in three cornered fights in some constituencies. Pakatan Rakyat parties will not be able to resolve the distribution of power between themselves and will fail to reach a consensus.

    Can never win as individual parties?

    Similarly, even if Pakatan Rakyat were to take over the federal government, they will still be unable to reach an agreement on who shall hold the position of Prime Minister thus resulting in the serious possibility of an internal split in the foundations of Pakatan Rakyat.

    It is not difficult to understand why they can never win if they fight as individual parties.

    Thus they were forced to band together despite not having a common political ideology which causes a serious conflict of interest between the three parties with PAS constantly adhering to its stand of setting up an Islamic state which goes against DAP resulting in both these parties having to compromise just to gain political advantage.

    - Chua Tee Yong is the MP for Labis

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