Pakatan Harapan (PH) is set to field two “kataks” in the upcoming Melaka State Election on 20 November, despite previously signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enact an anti-hop law.
The coalition’s Chairman, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a press conference today confirmed that both “kataks” from UMNO, namely Datuk Seri Idris Haron and Datuk Nor Azman Hassan will be allocated seats.
“Datuk Seri Idris will contest under Pakatan Harapan, but the seat that was allocated is Keadilan’s seat, which means he is accepted as PKR.”
“Nor Azman is contesting Amanah’s seat, but contesting under PH’s name.”
Later, when asked to clarify if both Idris and Nor Azman have joined PKR and Amanah respectively as party members or if they were merely being fielded in those seats, Anwar confirmed that they were now party members.
“As far as we are concerned, they have joined, because that has been the understanding, that is the seat of the various parties they have joined. The important thing now is to make sure they do represent PH.”
Idris, who is the immediate former Melaka Chief Minister and Sungai Udang assemblyman, will be contesting in the Asahan state seat.
In an official list of candidates PKR made available to the media, the 55-year-old Idris was also listed as a PKR member.
As for Nor Azman, he will be defending his Pantai Kundor state seat, which is under Amanah.
For the record, the PH coalition had in September signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) promising various reforms, including the enactment of an anti-hop law.