KOTA KINABALU: Umno wants back the Beaufort parliamentary seat, now held by its partner Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, in the coming general election.
Beaufort Umno unanimously supported a resolution to contest the Beaufort parliament seat won by Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun on an Umno ticket. She left Umno in April 2019 to join Bersatu when it spread its wings to Sabah in April 2019.
Beaufort Umno acting division chief Ag Aslee Lakat said the division’s stand was very clear and they were determined to defend the seat under the Barisan-Umno ticket.
"The Beaufort seat has always been a traditional Umno seat and it should be left to the party," he said at the Beaufort Umno division annual meeting held in the southwestern Sabah town about 100km from here.
Ag Aslee, who is Sabah Umno executive secretary, said that the division was not going to waver on its stand to contest the Beaufort seat.
He said the stand taken was in line with the party at the state and national level to contest seats that were won by Umno in the last election.
Ag Aslee said that Beaufort Umno has strengthened with younger leaders and senior leaders working together and currently there are 219 active branches.
Azizah, who is Mara chairman, leads Sabah Bersatu's women’s wing.
Over the weekend, Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Bung Moktar Radin said that they were ready to reduce the number of parliamentary seats to enable other parties under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) to contest in the next general election.
Speaking to reporters at his Kinabatangan Umno division meeting, he said that move was to ensure victory for the current government.
Umno was allocated 14 seats out of 25 parliamentary seats in the 2018 general election, with 10 seats allocated to its then state Barisan partners Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and Upko.
Bung said they were ready to negotiate with its current GRS partners that include Sabah Bersatu, PBS and also Sabah STAR.
He said that Barisan will defend the GRS state coalition that was formed with Perikatan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah.