Seat allocation to be known soon

LABUAN: Seat allocation among Barisan Nasional, Perikatan Nasional and its allies for the coming state election is 95% ready, says the Barisan secretary-general.

Tan Sri Annuar Musa said a consensus on seat allocation had been reached and an announcement would be made on Tuesday.

“Being in the opposition side in Sabah, we in Barisan and Perikatan have agreed to work together to allow only one-on-one fights against Parti Warisan Sabah to give the people an alternative for a better Sabah, ” said Annuar, who is the Sabah election chief coordinator for Barisan.

Speaking to reporters at the end of a two-day visit to Labuan on Thursday night, he said the opposition front would ensure its candidates would not contest against each other and party members would support the candidates nominated.

Perikatan in Sabah comprises Bersatu, PAS, Sabah STAR and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) while Barisan has Sabah Umno, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) as an ally.

Annuar said each political party, especially from Perikatan, was allowed to use their respective party logos in the election, except Barisan component parties which would use the Barisan logo.

“It is up to the political parties to use their respective party logos as different constituencies have different behaviour of voting... they have to do their own assessment. As far as we are concerned, parties in Barisan will use the ‘dacing’ (scale) logo, but we can also allow other parties who are friends of Barisan to contest under our banner.

“But we were made to understand that the newly-registered Perikatan has its own logo and that will be used by Bersatu and one or two political parties which are friends of Perikatan. We are perfectly fine and we agree with it but, most importantly, we share one common manifesto and we will support each other, ” he said.

On talk that three factions – under Tan Sri Musa Aman, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin and Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan – exist in Sabah Umno, Annuar said it was quite normal for leaders within a political party to have varying opinions.

He said these differences had been ironed out.

“Our focus now is on negotiations with the other political parties so that we have a fair distribution of seats.

“When we work as a team, there has to be give and take. We have more or less figured out the general guidelines in terms of the number of seats for Barisan, Bersatu, PBS and PBRS, and this should be ready within these few days, ” he said. — Bernama

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