KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional is planning to contest 14 or more parliamentary seats in the 15th general election.
Its chief, Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin said in GE14, Umno was given 14 parliamentary seats comprising Kudat, Kota Belud, Sepanggar, Papar, Kimanis, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom, Beluran, Libaran, Kinabatangan, Silam, Semporna, and Kalabakan.
He said the party's target of 14 or more seats for the next general election was based on a study on "winnable seats" led by state Community Development and People's Wellbeing Minister Shahelmey Yahya.
Bung said the candidates will be selected after thorough discussions with Umno's Gabungan Rakyat Sabah partners.
In GE14, Sabah Umno won eight out of the 25 parliamentary seats in GE14. Six of its MPs eventually joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.
Parti Bersatu Sabah, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and Sabah STAR, who is now part of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah coalition, each won a seat.
“The candidates must be selected in a transparent manner," added the deputy chief minister, who also urged leaders to always go down to the grassroots to better understand the peoples' problems.
This would also help the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Bung added.