DAP will stand down in Batu Kitang if PKR does the same

Alyaa Alhadjri

Modified 26 Apr 2016, 8:02 am

S'WAK POLLS DAP has announced it is willing to withdraw from campaigning in Batu Kitang if PKR does the same in the five remaining clashing seats between the two parties.

Party national organising secretary Anthony Loke said this is despite the candidates’ names already appearing on the ballot papers after nominations closed yesterday.

"PKR candidates must publicly announce they will not campaign even though their names appear on the ballot papers.

"If they can do this, then we will also instruct our candidate in Batu Kitang to do the same," he told a press conference at the DAP headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Apart from the Chinese-majority seat of Batu Kitang, the two Pakatan Harapan allies are also locking horns in five rural Dayak-majority seats - Mulu, Murum, Simanggang, Ngemah and Mambong

In Batu Kitang, Abdul Aziz Isa is in a five-cornered fight with PKR's Voon Shiak Ni, Lo Khere Chiang (SUPP-BN), Othman Bojeng (Independent) and Sulaiman Kadir (Independent).

Loke also said the PKR candidates should pledge their full support for those from DAP, in exchange for Abdul Aziz doing the same for Voon.

"This is to honour the agreement which has been reached (between DAP and PKR). But of course I don't foresee that happening," added the Seremban MP.

DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua, meanwhile, stressed that there is "nothing more to negotiate" between the two parties.

"There is no (more) negotiation.

"They (PKR) just need to come back and tell us they withdrew their five candidates and we will withdraw our one candidate. There is nothing to negotiate," he stressed.

Pua said this when asked for comments on jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's remarks in court earlier today, that there is still time for Sarawak PKR and its DAP counterpart to negotiate.

Anwar urged the two parties to discuss the matter to ensure the victory of Pakatan Harapan in seats they are contesting.