No formal talks on GRS seat quota yet, says Bersatu man

KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) has yet to conduct formal discussions on the distribution of seats for the 15th General Election, says Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia strategic and election director Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin.

He, however, believes there will not be any conflict among GRS partners although Sabah Umno had recently stated its desire to contest in at least 14 out of the 25 parliamentary seats in the state.

Lajim said any party could come up with a target of seats it wished to contest.

“Bersatu could also say we target 10 or more seats, but be reminded that in GRS we have other partners like Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party, Parti Bersatu Sabah and Umno/Barisan Nasional.

“I believe that at the end of the day, we will think about the interest of the country, the people of Sabah, and we will all compromise on seat distribution.

“We shall see but there will not be a party that is more dominant, I think, ” he said yesterday.

Lajim, who is also a Bersatu supreme council member, added that despite there being no official talks yet, leaders in the pact continue to communicate from time to time.

“I believe all the informal talks will be translated into an official discussion when they sit together.

“I also met up with Umno leaders where we talked about how to strengthen ties between Perikatan Nasional and Barisan, ” he said, adding that Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, for example, might meet up with GRS chairman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and talk privately about the reasons why Umno was eyeing a particular seat.

Recently, Bung Moktar said Sabah Umno planned to contest in at least 14 parliamentary seats just like it did in GE14.

The seats include the five now held by Sabah Bersatu after the members of Parliament who had won them on Barisan’s ticket crossed over to the party.

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