KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Bersatu has yet to look into the division of parliamentary seats for the coming elections amid calls by its coalition partner, Sabah Umno, to be allocated at least 14 of the 25 seats in the state.
“I am so busy with my work, especially managing the Covid-19 menace, that fighting for parliamentary seats never crossed my mind, ” said Sabah Bersatu deputy chairman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who declined to comment over Sabah Umno’s proposal, where it seeks to “take back” five parliamentary seats now held by Bersatu.
Sabah Umno is demanding the seats now held by Beluran’s Datuk Ronald Kiandee, Sipitang’s Hafez Musa, Libaran’s Datuk Zakaria Edris, Beaufort’s Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, and Kudat’s Datuk Rahim Bakri.
The incumbents had won the seats on Umno tickets in the last general election, but the five Umno MPs defected to Bersatu when it spread its wings to Sabah in April 2019.
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who is also Sabah Deputy Chief Minister under the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government, said that the party’s target of at least 14 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.
Sabah Barisan Nasional is now partner of GRS, which consists of Perikatan Nasional (Sabah Bersatu, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party and PAS) and Parti Bersatu Sabah.