KOTA KINABALU: Sabah DAP has scoffed at talk that it has been arrogant in seat negotiations with other opposition parties.
It said the door is still open to an electoral pact with Parti Warisan Sabah led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Shafie had earlier asked DAP to limit the seats to urban areas or stay completely out of Sabah.
However, its state chairman Stephen Wong said its bottom line was to contest in 12 state and five parliamentary seats which it believes it can win.
He said the party’s potential candidates had been working on some rural seats for a long time.
“We are not arrogant. We are not asking for more than we can win,” said Wong.
Among the interior parliamentary seats DAP is eyeing are Pensiangan and Tenom, and the state seats of Bingkor, Melalap and Sook.
These do not include urban Chinese-majority seats where the party has traditionally been strong.
Wong, who is Sandakan MP, told reporters yesterday that in the last general election DAP contested eight state and four parliamentary seats and won half, while narrowly losing the others.
Three of the four DAP assemblymen have left to join Barisan and opposition parties with one them, Likas assemblyman Junz Wong, joining Shafie’s Warisan.
“That is our seat. We won that seat, we will contest it,” Wong said when asked if the party would consider allowing Warisan to field its vice-president Junz Wong in Likas.
Asked why DAP is eyeing an Opposition-held seat like Bingkor (won by Sabah STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan), he said Sabah STAR and other members of the United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah have asked Pakatan Harapan to stay out of Sabah.
Furthermore, he said that Dr Jeffrey is planning to move to Tambunan (a seat held by retiring brother Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan of PBS).
Wong told reporters that Sabah Pakatan Harapan had already divided the seats but was holding back on the announcement, pending talks with Warisan.
He said he had spoken to Shafie and hoped to meet him as soon as possible to discuss seat allocation.