PBS to keep contest over seats among allies friendly

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has no qualms about facing some of its “friends” in Perikatan Nasional at nomination centres as it battles to gain certain seats in the state polls.

PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Radin Malleh said he wasn’t too worried about the clashes with Umno, MCA and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah as they involved only a few seats, namely Bengkoka, Matunggong, Tandek, Tanjung Aru, Telupid, Kadamaian, Kapayan and Karamunting.

Although he agreed that the overlap shouldn’t happen, he said such things could not be avoided as every party believed it could win in those areas.

“Our main intention is to win the election and to do that, we have to avoid clashes.

“But there are 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 fight.

“I don’t think this is a problem and the better party will win,” he said at the PBS headquarters in Penampang yesterday.

In an earlier meeting with Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Kota Kinabalu yesterday, Radin said the Prime Minister also advised Perikatan parties to avoid clashes and left it to them to discuss and resolve the problem.

“But it seems there are some candidates or parties who really want to contest and believe they are strong (in those places).

“We can’t do anything to stop them,” he said, adding that the parties did try to sort it out.

He also did not feel that clashing candidates under Perikatan would work in Warisan Plus’ favour, adding that the coalition’s popularity was waning.

On Thursday, PBS announced that it would be fielding candidates in 15 seats in the Sept 26 Sabah election.

Separately, PBS launched its 10-point manifesto for the election.

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