KOTA KINABALU: Local opposition party Parti Warisan Sabah is warming up to Pakatan Harapan as signs of an electoral pact between both sides are in the offing.
Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was seen attending Chinese New Year open houses hosted by Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong and Sabah PKR chairman Christina Liew over the past few days.
“We are talking,” was all Shafie said when asked whether Warisan had cut a deal with Pakatan on the seats to be contested by the Opposition in Sabah in the coming general election.
The state has 25 parliamentary and 60 state seats.
“We want to take over the (Barisan Nasional) government in Sabah. There must be a united front among Sabah Pakatan parties. That’s why I’m talking to them,” he added when met at a Chinese New Year open house here yesterday.
Shafie said Warisan would not enter a formal electoral pact with Pakatan and Parti Cinta Sabah, another locally based party.
“You will know by the time of dissolution (of Parliament),” he added.
He also said Warisan would ensure Sabah was governed by state-based parties and that the rights of the state and its people were protected.
Shafie said Warisan was a multiracial party and its candidates in the general election must be those who could win.
On DAP, he said the party should not be asking to contest all the Chinese seats as Warisan had Chinese candidates as well.
Shafie has refused to talk to Gabungan Sabah (United Sabah Alliance), a group of Sabah-based parties, claiming that its leaders were friendly to Barisan Nasional.
The Gabungan Sabah parties are Sabah STAR led by Bingkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah led by Klias assemblyman Datuk Lajim Ukin and Sabah Progressive Party led by former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
Shafie has emerged as the key opposition figure in Sabah after both PKR and DAP lost ground in the state after the 2013 general election.
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