KOTA KINABALU: The United Sabah People’s National Organisation (Bersatu), awaiting approval from the Registrar of Societies (ROS), will contest in all the 60 state seats in the state election, its pro tem head Datuk Maidom Pansai said.
He said the party would also field candidates for all the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah in the general election.
The decision was made at the party’s supreme council meeting after consulting Bersatu supporters at the grassroots recently, he said in a statement yesterday.
Expressing confidence that Bersatu would be approved by the ROS, Maidom said in line with the country's democratic practices, Bersatu was prepared to form a “United Independent Front” if it could not be registered before the state election, which must be held before April 13 next year.
“Some people may find it strange why early preparations have been made although the party has not been registered until now.
“One of our main objectives is to defend the fundamental rights in the context of democracy of the Sabah people in Malaysia.
“The question of winning or losing in an election should not be the basic consideration,” said the former Member of Parliament for Kota Belud under the Parti Bersatu Sabah-led state government.
Maidom said that if a party in Sarawak could be registered within weeks, there should be no reason why Bersatu was not eligible for the same treatment. – Bernama