With general elections looming over the horizon, tensions are running high among the political circles. The incumbent Barisan Nasional is set to face its fiercest fight at the polls. Meanwhile the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) is carefully plotting out its strategy in hopes of securing a big win.  Part of this effort includes negotiating the allocation of seats among the various parties. It is evident that the effort has met a stumbling block as witnessed at the recent PH Convention in Negeri Sembilan.

The announcement by PH chief secretary Saifuddin Abdullah on the 36 state seats in Negeri Sembilan had created havoc with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members aggressively objecting to the seat distribution. PPBM was only allotted six seats whereas PKR, DAP and Amanah are given 12, 11 and seven seats respectively. PPBM is undoubtedly eager to contest as many seats at both the parliamentary and state levels. It managed to secure a whopping allocation of seats at the parliamentary level. Perhaps PPBM was hoping to do the same at the state level but was markedly sidelined by its partners instead.

The recalcitrant PPBM members underscores how precarious the unity is within the pact. With divergent and self-serving interests amongst the Pakatan Harapan members, would it be able to bring political stability to the nation and govern the country effectively? If a simple exercise to divvy seats form such a major hurdle, one can only imagine what kind of commotion would entail if faced with the huge task of forming a government. It is not easy to appease all parties.

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