KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Amanah broke ranks in the pact between Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan when its chairman Hamzah Abdullah filed nominations papers for the Batu Sapi parliament seat.
Hamzah was left out of the seat negotiations between the parties but was apparently offered a Senator appointment after the elections.
He turned up to keep to his threat to contest if Amanah was not given a seat.
Hamzah is going up against two-term MP Datuk Linda Tsen (Barisan- PBS) and former Liberal Democratic party president Datuk V.K.Liew who has been fielded by Parti Warisan Sabah.
A fourth contender is a woman, Norsah Bongsu from PAS.
When contacted, Hamzah said that he had the blessing of the party leadership to contest the seat.
“We are saddened with Warisan. They should not have put up a candidate here (Batu Sapi). We only asked for one seat and they did not want to give it to us.
“As a friend, fighting for a common cause for the country, they should give us one seat,” Hamzah said.
Warisan, who leads the opposition pact with Pakatan, had only shared seats with Sabah PKR and Sabah DAP but left Amanah out.
Hamzah said that he rejected the offer of a Senatorship as it meant nothing in terms of the national struggle.
“How sure is Warisan that they will form the government? He (Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal) thinks he is still in Umno offering senatorships.
"How sure is he that they will win the government? He has to act like an opposition party, not Umno,” Hamzah said.
Warisan officials had said that they have asked Amanah to stay out in return for a Senatorship.