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Amanah: Warisan avoiding us
Published on: Friday, April 20, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Efforts by Parti Amanah Sabah to discuss seat allocations with fellow opposition Parti Warisan Sabah proved futile despite several attempts by it.

"We wanted to have the seat negotiations with Warisan to avoid facing off against each other in multi-cornered fights. But it seems Warisan doesn't want to let Amanah in on the pact," its party chairman Hamzah Abdullah said.

He said he made several attempts to contact the Warisan leadership for an official meeting, including sending an official letter on April 7, but did not receive a formal response.

"As of today, there are no negotiations between Amanah and Warisan. It seem they (Warisan) are not ready for the meeting," he added, saying that Amanah's doors are still open.

Within Sabah Pakatan Harapan, PKR, DAP and Amanah have negotiated seat allocations between themselves for Sabah's 25 parliament and 60 state seats.

Each party is then supposed to meet separately with Warisan to discuss which seats they would contest to avoid multi-cornered fights.

Sabah DAP and Sabah PKR have both already completed talks with Warisan.

Sabah PKR will contest six parliament and nine state seats while Sabah DAP will take on three parliament and seven state seats.

Sabah Amanah said that it is contesting two parliament and three state seats.

Sabah Amanah had been allocated the parliament seats of Kalabakan and Batu Sapi as well as the state seats of Merotai and Bugaya within Sabah Pakatan's agreement.

A Chinese candidate will be fielded by Amanah to contest the state seat of Tanjong Aru, where Warisan is expected to field a candidate.

"We will stand and let the people decide," he said. - Nikko Fabian

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