Barisan to resolve seat allocation issue in Sabah


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Feb 2004

BY RUBEN SARIO

KOTA KINABALU: A solution will be found to address the various overlapping claims to nearly half of the 60 state and 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah among state Barisan Nasional component parties, said Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman. 

“We will resolve the matter in due course. 

“The allocation of seats among the nine state Barisan component parties will be decided by the time the date for elections is announced or perhaps earlier,” said Musa, who is also the state Barisan chairman. 

Musa said he was hopeful of defending his Sungai Sibuga state seat in Sandakan district.  

“I am leaving it to the leadership,” added the state Umno chief, when asked about the possibility of him moving to the new state seat Gum Gum, which neighbours Sungai Sibuga. 

He said this yesterday after opening an international conference on biodiversity and ecosystems conservation at a resort near here.  

On Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) intention to have three of its senior leaders contest both state and parliamentary seats, Musa said that was the prerogative of the state Barisan component parties but Sabah Umno would stick to its decision to field candidates for either a state or a parliamentary seat only. 

PBS president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan said on Monday that he and his deputies Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Dr Yee Moh Chai would be defending the state and parliamentary seats they now held. 

Pairin, the Tambunan state assemblyman, is also Keningau MP, while Dr Maximus, the Tandek assemblyman, is also Bandau MP. Dr Yee is Api Api assemblyman and Tanjung Aru MP. 

Musa had announced that Sabah Umno was keeping to Barisan’s tradition of a candidate contesting in either a state or a parliamentary constituency to enable more of its leaders to stand in the polls.  

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