Muhyiddin to launch united Opposition front in Kota Kinabalu?

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  • Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is heading to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, amid expectations that he will glue together a united Opposition front ahead of the Sept 26 state elections.

Some are expecting the launch of the newly-registered Perikatan Nasional to be held in Sabah during his visit beginning Saturday (Aug 29), but it remains unclear how the alliance is going to work in the state.

Sabah Bersatu sources confirmed that the prime minister will be launching an Opposition front this Saturday (Aug 29).

However, they declined to say which parties would be joining Perikatan at the state level as negotiations are still ongoing with certain parties.

Talk is that the Muhyiddin-led Bersatu would be working with Sabah STAR led by Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) led by former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee, as well as PAS and MIC.

It is learnt that negotiations are still on with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), led by Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili, whose party is an ally with Perikatan at the national level.

It is not clear how the Perikatan alliance would be working with the Barisan Nasional coalition, namely Sabah Umno led by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and its partners Sabah MCA, led by Datuk Chim Kim Hiung, and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) led by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.

Sources said it would be up to Umno whether it would want to use the Barisan Nasional logo or the Perikatan logo, which is expected to be announced by Muhyiddin soon.

Local opposition parties, especially PBS, have been insisting on using their own logo to take on the Sabah state polls.

The talk of Perikatan launching as the state opposition alliance came two days after Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi declared that Barisan wants a grand coalition for the Sabah polls.

Last week, Muhyiddin also said that more details regarding Perikatan’s official logo will be announced at the soonest time.

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