KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno will ensure that the seat negotiations for the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah would not jeopardise the existing relations with Bersatu under the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) alliance.
Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) said the seat distribution would still be discussed with its partners in GRS after Umno election director Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said that the party’s plan was to contest in 120 parliamentary seats nationwide for the 15th general election (GE15).
“We will discuss and then propose (the seats) to the central Umno leadership, ” the Deputy Chief Minister said when approached by reporters after the Sabah Maju Jaya Halatuju launch on Monday (Mar 29).
Admitting that it will be tricky especially with Umno deciding to go it alone in Peninsular Malaysia, Bung stressed that "whatever political turmoil in the peninsula will not be allowed to bring GRS down".
On Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan saying the party must immediately withdraw support for Perikatan once they decide when to do so, he said Umno's decision at the national level would not affect Sabah’s political situation.
"I have said that Umno central has made several proposals but whatever decision will not jeopardise Sabah's political situation.
"I have also stated that Sabah Umno is part of Umno and we respect their decision in Peninsular Malaysia and their approach to politics there, but in Sabah, we will defend GRS," he said.
GRS is a coalition of Sabah Barisan Nasional (comprising Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah, MCA and MIC), Sabah Perikatan (Sabah Bersatu, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and PAS) and PBS.
Sabah Bersatu chief and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor led the newly-formed grouping to form the new state government after toppling the Warisan Plus state government in the snap Sept 26 Sabah elections.