KOTA KINABALU: Native-based Parti KDM, led by Datuk Peter Anthony, is keeping their options open on forging alliances for the next state election.
The party’s supreme council at its recent meeting decided not to make any commitment as to its potential partners for the Sabah polls which was speculated to be called earlier than scheduled in September 2025.
KDM information chief Dr Oswald Aisat Igau claimed they had been getting “plenty of offers” from political outfits but that the party needed to make a detailed assessment before making any decision.
“The matter will be decided by the party leadership and (the outcome) will be notified then,” he said in a statement.
He added it was public knowledge that KDM was part of the unity government bloc at the federal level.
“As such, our stance is in line with the spirit of the Madani unity government.
“At the state level, we have voiced support for the (state) unity government, in tandem with the Prime Minister’s call.
“However, we are still not included in the state Cabinet until now,” said Oswald.
According to talk in political circles, KDM was being sought by Pakatan Harapan to join the coalition while Barisan Nasional and Parti Warisan were also considering the native-based interior party to forge alliances ahead of the Sabah elections.
However, Anthony, who is challenging a court sentence and conviction for a charge of forging a document for the purpose of cheating, has yet to make his move on a possible electoral pact.
His party has remained "hot and cold" in relations with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) -led state government, helmed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, since a failed political coup on Jan 5.
Barisan, led by Sabah Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, and Warisan, headed by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, together with KDM, had made a bid to topple Hajiji’s government.
Hajiji, however, weathered the attempt and managed to keep his government in place with the support of Sabah Pakatan representatives and Sabah Barisan renegade assemblymen.