Warisan questions motive behind Sabah Pakatan's offer

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has questioned Sabah DAP's motive for announcing Sabah Pakatan Harapan's seat sharing formula, which was made without closed-door consultation between the parties.

"I am quite surprised to read about an offer being made publicly through the media without discussions with Warisan," said Darell Leiking (pic) who is Warisan deputy president.

He was responding to a statement by Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong who said that Sabah Pakatan is offering 60% of the state seats to Warisan in return for 15 of the 25 Parliament seats in Sabah in GE14.

"I am assuming this 'offer' had been discussed at their PH meeting last night (Tuesday) with their national elections director Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

"What surprises me is that such an offer is usually first discussed face-to-face between Pakatan and Warisan and not to the media first," he said while asking why Sabah Pakatan chairman Christina Liew was not present during the announcement.

Leiking said he understands that DAP had already monopolised the urban, semi-urban and Chinese seats under the Sabah Pakatan seat arrangement.

"The open-hearted offer of 60% of all seats in Sabah by Pakatan, which certainly includes all Chinese and urban seats, is indeed a welcome for Warisan which is a Sabahan-based party," he said.

He said that PH leaders must assess the issues of seat distribution in Sabah objectively and practically as Warisan was looking at 2/3 majority win in the state elections so that they could bring up the Malaysia Agreement 1963 without obstacles.

"Warisan is a party for all Sabahans from every district in Sabah, from all creed and walks of life.  On that premise, we have our rationale as to how some seats are best allocated between us if any," he said.

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