KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will be contesting 15 seats in the coming Sabah state election with new faces making up almost half of its candidate list.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said although PBS asked to contest 25 out of the 73 state seats up for grabs, it accepted the seats it was allocated.
"Initially, we requested 25 state seats because we believe we can win more seats for Perikatan Nasional.
"But in respect to the other like-minded parties, we decided that the most important goal was to win and take over the government of Sabah for the sake of the people and future development of the state," he said.
Although friendly with Perikatan, he said, PBS would enter the polls with its own flag and logo.
Ongkili said PBS members at the grassroots level believed the party would be stronger going into the polls under its own banner and logo while remaining a Perikatan partner.
The party will field new faces in Bengkoka, Tandek, Kadamaian, Inanam, Kapayan, Limbahau, Telupid and Karamunting.
Incumbents Julita Majungki, Datuk Jahid @ Noordin Jahim, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai and Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam will be defending their seats in Matunggong, Tamparuli, Kiulu and Kundasang.
Meanwhile, PBS deputy presidents Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai and Datuk Seri Radin Malleh will be contesting in Api-Api and Melalap, while another member, Datuk Yong Oui Fah, will stand in Tanjung Aru.
"PBS members throughout the state have been working very hard, and we will not only win the seats allocated to us, but our machinery in the other state seats will also be working hard to collaborate with the Perikatan parties machinery contesting in those constituencies," he said.
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