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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Warisan ‘greedy’, wants 70% of state seats, says Wilfred Bumburing

SEAT negotiations between Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) have hit a snag as Warisan is unwilling to be a fair partner, PCS leader Wilfred Bumburing said today.

He said Warisan wanted to contest in 42 out of the 60 state seat, which comprise 70%, and advised his party to take only six state seats, while leaving the rest to the component parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Bumburing saidWarisan leader Mohd Shafie Apdal was being greedy and trying to dominate the opposition parties as well as PH.

“We have had several meetings including between myself and Shafie, but they (Warisan leaders) think they have the sole authority to decide on the division of the seats.

“If Umno could contest in 31 seats and share the rest with the other component Barisan Nasional parties, why can’t Warisan do the same,” he told The Malaysian Insight.

PCS and Warisan was supposed to form an electoral pact with PH in the state.

In a recent outburst against Warisan, Wilfred, who is Tamparuli assemblyman, said there should be no one dominant opposition party in Sabah and that no party should contest more than 50% of the seats in Sabah.

Sabah has 60 state seats and 25 federal seats.

In response, Shafie said he will not give in to a race-based party which only wants to champion their own people and insists the only formula to win the election is to field “winnable candidates.”

Wilfred said the opposition must be able to offer Sabahans a better deal than Barisan Nasional, saying he had earlier proposed to Shafie to emulate the PH formula of seat distribution.

But Shafie disagreed, instead of trying to find an amicable solution, Wilfred said he accused him of having met (Prime Minister) Najib Razak and insinuated that his party was BN-sponsored or BN-friendly, and the same accusation was hurled at Gabungan Sabah.

“At this rate, Warisan will not win the elections. Although it is my hope he would come to his senses in time before the election."

Wilfred did not elaborate his next move, but it is no secret that Parti Anak Negeri, led by former PBS secretary Henrynus Amin, is attempting to form a partnership with PCS and contest in all the 22 KadazanDusun Murut seats in Sabah.

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