Negotiate en bloc for constituency allocations, says PM

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim reiterated that the opposition needs to negotiate for constitution allocation en bloc instead of negotiating it personally.

He reminded them they should follow the same negotiation procedures that was done previously by the Ismail Sabri Yaakob administration.

“It’s not that difficult. I believe this issue arises from a less-than-positive attitude. I was also the opposition leader once, and at that time, the opposition was stronger,” he told the Dewan Rakyat during Prime Minister’s Question Time today.

“There was no hesitation in meeting the (then) prime minister (Ismail Sabri Yaakob) at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the allocations.

“We even had a team of three from the opposition and three from the government back then.”

Anwar was responding to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (Muda-Muar) who requested advice on how to proceed with allocation talks after multiple attempts with deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

Saddiq had bemoaned the fact of meeting Fadillah twice in person and communicated via letters thrice but failed to get hold of the constituency allocation.

“There’s no need to run or jog, no need.

“Just negotiate, it will be settled once there are discussions,” Anwar said in a jab to Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who recently ran from Muar to highlight the issue.

He was responding to a question from Datuk Seri Awang Hashim (PN-Pendang).

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