Umno will discuss with allies before deciding on seat allocation for Sabah polls, says Annuar Musa

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  • Friday, 07 Aug 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The seat allocation for Sabah polls will need to take into account the unique political situation in the state, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

The Barisan Nasional secretary-general said Umno could not decide unilaterally on the matter, as it had to consult other parties in the state.

"We have Barisan component parties that have a base there such as MCA, MIC and PBRS that must be consulted.

"There are also 'Friends of Barisan Nasional' parties such as PBS and STAR who had worked with us in previous elections including the Kimanis by-election.

"And we also have PAS under the Muafakat Nasional coalition," said Annuar, who is also the Federal Territories Minister.

The Ketereh MP said the Election Commission (EC) was expected to call for candidate nomination early next month.

"Barisan and Umno leadership in Sabah have been given a form of autonomy which means it is up to them to propose on matters regarding candidates," he said when met during a visit to Taman Tasik Titiwangsa on Friday (Aug 7).

Also present were Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Santhara Kumar, KL mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan and FT ministry secretary-general Datuk Rosida Jaafar.

Meanwhile, commenting on the decision by 33 assemblymen in Sabah led by Tan Sri Musa Aman to legally challenge the decision by state governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin to dissolve the state assembly, Annuar said this did not represent Umno.

"It is an individual's decision by Tan Sri Musa Aman to seek legal recourse and we respect it, but it is not an initiative by the party and we leave it to the court," he said.

Earlier, it was reported that a legal challenge was filed at the High Court against the state governor, in light of the state assembly dissolution on July 30.

This was after Musa's failed attempt to take over the state government after he claimed that he had the support of 33 assemblymen.

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