Warisan expected to contest 17 of 25 Parliament seats in Sabah


KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah is expected to contest up to 17 of the 25 Parliament seats in Sabah in its electoral pact with DAP and PKR.

Sabah DAP will be getting three Parliament seats including Tenom while Sabah PKR was expected to get five Parliament seats in the deal, according to sources.

Warisan is expected to contest up to 45 of the 60 state seats while DAP will take seven and PKR will take eight seats while Parti Amanah Negara will not get any, according to sources.

Though Warisan president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has described the negotiations as a done deal, many party members particularly in PKR have yet to get a clear picture of how the deal has shaped up.

According to the sources, Warisan and DAP has firmed up their deal with DAP taking the Parliament seats of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tenom while they will also get the seven state seats of Likas, Luyang, Kapayan, Elopura, Tanjong Papat, Sri Tanjong and interior Bingkor.

However, the sources said that Warisan and PKR were still fine-tuning their seat arrangement, though they expect PKR to get no more then five Parliament seats and eight state seats.

Sabah PKR members were also in the dark over the exact seats they were getting and claimed that their chairman Christina Liew, who is Api Api assemblyman, has yet to give them the full picture of her negotiations.

"We really do not know what is happening between Liew and Warisan talks. We get second hand information," said a PKR official.

It was learned that Liew was toying with the idea of shifting to the Tawau parliament seat but might also keep her Api Api seat.

Political talk has it that the Inanam state seat held by PKR's Roland Chia might be offered to Warisan's deputy president Darell Leiking in the electoral seat arrangements.

Chia, whose relations with Liew have been strained, was likely to be dropped, according to sources.

It is understood Amanah has yet to be offered a seat under the pact.

Attempts by The Star to contact Liew have been unsuccessful.

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