Sabah polls: Some 'friendly clashes' unavoidable, says PBS

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  • Friday, 11 Sep 2020

KOTA KINABALU: With less than 24 hours to go before nomination day, PBS is prepared to face-off with other Perikatan Nasional-friendly parties contesting in the same areas and hope for the best.

PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Radin Malleh (pic) said he was not overly worried about potential clashes with Umno, MCA and PBRS as it only involved a few seats, namely, Bengkoka, Matunggong, Tandek, Tg Aru, Telupid, Kadamaian, Kapayan and Karamunting.

Although he agreed that the clashes should not happen, he said such things could not be avoided as every party felt it could win in those areas.

"Our main intention is to win the election and we will need to avoid clashes.

"But we have a few seats where we believe we have a strong presence so we must take the opportunity to field our own candidates even if we have to face a friendly clash.

"I don't think this is a problem and the better party will win," he said at the PBS headquarters in Penampang on Friday (Sept 11).

In a meeting with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin earlier Friday, Radin said the Prime Minister had also advised for the clashes to be avoided and left Perikatan parties to discuss and resolve the problem.

"But it seems there are some candidates or parties who really want to contest. We cannot do anything to stop them," he said, adding that the parties did attempt to sort it out.

He also said that he believed these clashes would not work in Warisan Plus' favour as its popularity was waning.

On Thursday, PBS announced that it would be fielding candidates in 15 seats in the Sabah state election and launched its 10-point election manifesto.

Among its goals is to uphold Sabah's rights in line with the Malaysian Agreement 1963, introduce anti-hopping laws and improve education, health and welfare standards in the state.

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