The Prime Minister said closer cooperation between the state and the Federal Government was vital to ensure Sabah’s development.
“The closer the cooperation the better. A bigger allocation can also be given,” he said at the meet-and-greet event with Taman Sri Keramat PPR residents here yesterday.
Muhyiddin said the people of Sabah would definitely want to enjoy a better life with various infrastructure and amenities that could be provided by the Perikatan Nasional government that prioritised the people’s well-being.
He said although the government was facing the global threat of Covid-19, the support from Malaysians had enabled the country to emerge as one of the world’s best countries in managing the pandemic.
“While we comply with the SOP (standard operating procedure), we also want to accelerate our economic recovery.
“However, in facing these difficult times, everyone should stay united and work closely together so the country’s development can continue.
“For Sabah, as a very rich state that has various treasures and wise people, can be developed as an important development region in the country,” he said.
Earlier in Kota Kinabalu, Muhyiddin met with state leaders over breakfast and urged them to “iron things out” so that there would not be any overlapping seats among the Perikatan-friendly parties.
At least 11 seats could see a friendly fight among Perikatan parties as contesting candidates from all sides make their way to the nomination centres today to file their papers.
Following the meeting, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said they agreed “in consensus” to have solidarity among friendly parties to avoid clashes.“There are a few areas where Perikatan parties will be contesting against one another.
“We will take note of the Prime Minister’s message and I believe these will be sorted out,” he told reporters yesterday.
But Ahmad Zahid did not want to indicate or comment on whether Sabah Barisan Nasional would withdraw or negotiate with other Perikatan-friendly parties – Sabah STAR and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) – over the “hot seats”.
The consensus in seat allocations involving the Sabah Opposition alliance will be known today after each of the parties file the nomination papers for their candidates.
PBS, Sabah Barisan and Perikatan are said to be up against one another in some seats.
Umno is expected to clash with PBS in Bengkoka and Tanjung Aru, while PBS is also expected to clash with MCA at Kapayan and Karamunting.
PBS and PBRS under Sabah Barisan is expected to face off at Matunggong, Kedamaian and Tandek.
Umno is also expected to contest against Sabah STAR in the Paginatan seat.
In a related matter, Ahmad Zahid said Perikatan-friendly parties would hold a “Aku Janji” programme on Sept 16 to strengthen solidarity, as well as step up efforts to work together among their election machineries.
PBRS deputy president Arthur Kurup said they hoped to see other parties withdrawing from the Sook seat and the new Tulid seat.
Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said seat negotiations involving Perikatan had been resolved.
Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Hajiji Noor said unity was crucial in the state polls to win big.
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