KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah has formalised a pact with Pakatan Harapan to take on Sabah Barisan Nasional in the 14th General Elections.
Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said the pact, that he would lead, is a "done deal".
However, Mohd Shafie declined to reveal the exact formula worked out on the seat arrangement between his party and the national opposition coalition.
He was speaking to reporters after delivering his maiden presidential keynote address at the party's congress here on Monday (April 2).
“As you are aware, Sabah Pakatan has agreed that I would lead the opposition coalition in the state,” he said.
Mohd Shafie also confirmed that Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), led by Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, was no longer in the electoral pact.
The electoral pact will see three major opposition fronts taking on Sabah Barisan, led by Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.
The other major opposition comes in the form of Gabungan Sabah, a four-party coalition which has leaders such as Bingkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Klias assemblyman Datuk Lajim Ukin and former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
The third opposition pact is from PCS and Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri, two parties based on seats in areas of non-Muslim natives (mostly Kadazan-Dusun).
Bumburing, had left Gabungan to forge cooperation with Warisan last year. Then he left talks with Warisan to create a coalition between PCS and Anak Negeri led by Datuk Henrynus Amin.
Earlier at the press conference, Shafie said that Warisan was not contesting in peninsular Malaysia, but is ready to work with them, without a pact, at the national level.
“We are a multi-racial party, we don’t want to follow the Pakatan coalition style in peninsular Malaysia. When they form the government in Putrajaya, we will have ministers in the federal cabinet from Warisan and the Warisan (Sabah state) government will also have ministers from Pakatan,” Shafie said.
Speaking to more then 5,000 party members at the assembly with the theme “In God We Trust, Change We Must," he urged all of them to prepare for the election.
Mohd Shafie also said that those who were not selected as candidates should accept the decision and work to help topple the Barisan-led state government.