PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional wants to contest in all its "traditional seats" which the coalition won in the previous general election and subsequent by-elections.
Coalition secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic) tweeted on Thursday (July 9) that Barisan intended to field candidates to "defend all its traditional seats" amid talk of a possible snap election.
"Barisan intends to defend all its traditional seats which it won in GE14 or in subsequent by-elections," said Annuar, who was the former Umno secretary-general.
His statement comes after Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Ibrahim said in a recent Facebook post that the Mersing seat "belonged" to Umno, although it is currently held by Datuk Abdul Latiff Ahamd from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Ahmad Zahid was responding to a recent apology by Abdul Latiff who had allegedly offended Umno by saying the party was not popular in Sabah.
Abdul Latiff, who is Rural Development Minister, was formerly with Umno but left the party to join Bersatu after GE14.
The move by Barisan, particularly Umno, raises questions over the seat allocation by Perikatan Nasional if polls are held soon.
Bersatu holds 32 parliament seats, of which 15 were won on Umno tickets before those elected defected to Bersatu.
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