PETALING JAYA: Social activist and Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said she will only contest for a federal seat in 14th General Election (GE14) and nothing less.
Speaking to the media Tuesday, Maria said it is essential for her to run as a member of Parliament in order to push the civil society agenda.
Thus, she said, she will not be contesting in GE14 if Pakatan Harapan will not offer her a parliamentary seat.
"I would prefer a Parliament seat. It is at the federal level where laws are passed. So, yes, nothing less than a parliament seat.
"If Pakatan Harapan don’t give a (federal) seat (to me), I will not contest,” she said at a press conference here.
Earlier, Maria announced her resignation from Bersih 2.0 as the chairperson and the position will be taken over by deputy chair Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari.
Maria also announced that she is offering herself as an independent candidate to Pakatan Harapan to contest in GE14.
However, according to Maria, no parties within Pakatan Harapan have offered her a seat.
"At the moment, not really, there are no seats offered yet. Pakatan Harapan is still negotiating, so it will take them some time.
"But I would like to note that I will be contesting as an independent on a Pakatan Harapan ticket," she added.
On Feb 21, the New Straits Times quoted a source within the opposition pact who said that Maria and former Bersih chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan would be contesting in GE14.
The source claimed that Maria may be contesting the Batu or Petaling Jaya Selatan seats, while Ambiga may be fielded in Kapar or Segamat.
The source also claimed that the duo would be contesting under the PKR banner, but they would not be joining any political party.