KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno is ready to negotiate with other Barisan Nasional component parties and partners on seat allocation for the upcoming snap polls.
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin however refused to reveal how many seats the party was eyeing, especially with Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia saying it will take 45 seats.
He said that Umno, together with PBRS, MCA, Bersatu, PBS and Sabah STAR, and other independents will contest all 73 state seats against Parti Warisan Sabah.
He also said that Umno is not planning to contest less than what it did in the last general election, while not sidelining other member parties.
Umno contested 32 out of the 60 state seats in the last general election but there will be 73 state seats this time around, after the Dewan Rakyat approved a Bill to increase the number of seats in Sabah from 60 to 73 in July last year.
“Our strategy among others is to handle the candidate identification, seat allocation, revamping of election machinery and to identify our voters,” Bung said after a meeting with Sabah Umno leaders here Sunday (Aug 2).
He said it will also look at what are the packages or manifestos that can be achieved and offered to the people, unlike Pakatan Harapan and Warisan which he claimed had given voters false hopes and unfulfilled promises.
“This coming election is an extraordinary election, because all the contesting parties have its own strengths and weaknesses, ” he said, adding Sabah Umno expects to field at least 85% of new faces.
Bung said what was important was to be able to convince voters that Umno and its partners would be the better choice for the government.
“We are undergoing major changes within the party, we promise to perform better than the former leaders and to give our best in serving the people for the sake of development and stability, ” he said.
The Kinabatangan MP also promised to give youth more emphasis and opportunities to perform, seeing they are the nation’s future leaders.
Bung said if Umno and all the other component partners and parties are able to work together, they can easily win in the coming polls.
On whether the assemblymen who had joined former chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman in the recent failed attempt to take over the state government will join Umno, he said no decision has been made.
“Discussions are there but there is no concrete decision as yet,” he said.
Bung also said that they have yet to decide on who to push for the chief minister’s post from Umno.
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