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Date: 18 Nov 1999
Keadilan set to contest the most seats
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Nasional will contest the most number of seats among the component parties of the Barisan Alternatif.
In a statement, Keadilan said it hoped to put up 63 to 65 candidates for parliament seats, including in Sabah and Sarawak.
It is learnt that PAS would contest 58 seats of the 193 parliament seats, while DAP would stand in 40 to 41 seats and Parti Rakyat Malaysia five seats.
The four parties in the alternative front have an electoral pact to contest one-to-one in all seats against Barisan Nasional and have given the undertaking not to fight each other in any seat.
As for Sabah, Keadilan has a loose electoral understanding with Parti Bersatu Sabah.
Keadilan will contest four to five seats while PBS will stand in 15 or 16 seats.
In Sarawak, Keadilan has also forged an alliance with the Sarawak State Reform Party (Star) and DAP and expects to stand in about 16 to 17 seats in the state.
Keadilan officials said the opposition front managed to bring the DAP and PAS together and that they would play a lead role.
Besides, they added, it was the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim issue which acted as the impetus bringing all the opposition parties together and this also justified Keadilan taking the lead.
In the press statement, Keadilan said it would also put up about 100 candidates for the state elections. There are 394 state seats being contested in the Nov 29 general election.
The statement said nearly all its top leaders including party president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, deputy president Dr Chandra Muzaffar, vice-presidents Marina Yusuf, Tian Chua and Datuk Sheikh Azmi would contest parliament seats in different parts of the country.
"The actual constituencies where they will stand will be made known on nomination day," the statement said.