Sabah Bersatu won't back down on parliamentary seats, says Srikandi chief

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's (Bersatu) Sabah chapter will not compromise on or give up any of its six parliamentary seats in the 15th General Election (GE15).

State Srikandi chief Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said the seats were held by Bersatu incumbents and there was no way the party would make way for other "friendly" parties to contest there.

"We will defend all our six seats. Srikandi will not compromise on any seats won in the 14th General Election (GE-14)," she said after chairing the Sabah Bersatu Srikandi meeting here Wednesday (Aug 10).

The six seats are being "claimed" by Sabah Umno which maintains that they were won on a Barisan Nasional ticket in GE14.

The seats are held by Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri (Kudat), Azizah (Beaufort), Yamani Hafez Musa (Sipitang), Datuk Jonathan Yassin (Ranau), Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee (Beluran) and Datuk Zakaria Edris (Libaran).

Five of the incumbents were Umno members who left the party to join Bersatu when it spread its wings to Sabah in April 2019 following the fall of the Barisan government in 2018.

Jonathan Yassin won Ranau under PKR ticket and then joined Bersatu.

Sabah Bersatu, which is part of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), is part of the state coalition government with Sabah Barisan.

Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin has insisted that all seats won by Umno/Barisan in the previous election should be contested by Barisan.

Sabah Umno previously said it was looking at contesting 14 of its traditional seats in GE15.

Azizah also urged Srikandi members to prepare their machinery for the coming general election.

She said there was every possibility it would be held very soon due to political developments in the country.

"We need to identify the young voters in each constituency, to be more sensitive to the issues facing the young who will go out to vote in GE15," she added.

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