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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Harapan Rakyat gets biggest seat allocation under Gabungan Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) says it will contest 16 out of the 26 parliamentary seats and 25 of the 60 state seats in the general election.

This will make the party helmed by Datuk Lajim Ukin having the biggest seat allocation under Gabungan Sabah, a pact among four local opposition parties to face the 14th General Election (GE14).

The other three parties under the alliance are Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) led by Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) led by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) helmed by Datu Mohd Arshad Abdul Mualap.

Harapan Rakyat deputy president Datuk Maijol Mahap said the 16 parliamentary seats are Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Tuaran, Putatan, Kimanis, Beaufort, Sipitang, Tenom, Beluran, Libaran, Batu Sapi, Kinabatangan, Silam, Semporna, Tawau and Labuan.

For state constituencies, they will contest in Banggi, Pitas, Usukan, Sulaman, Karambunai, Petagas, Kawang, Pantai Manis, Bongawan, Membakut, Klias, Kuala Penyu and Lumadan.

There rest are Sindumin, Karanaan, Kemabong, Nabawan, Gum-Gum, Sukau, Tungku, Sulabayan, Senallang, Balung, Apas and Merotai.

“The remaining 10 parliamentary and 35 state seats in Sabah will be allotted among SAPP, Star and PPRS,” Maijol said at a press conference at the party’s headquarters office here today.

However, the candidates list will only be known tomorrow where they will hold a joint press conference with SAPP who will also unveil its candidates.

Maijol, who contested under PKR ticket for Kota Marudu parliamentary seat in the previous election, is hoping to re-contest at the same constituency.

“I lost a marginal 842 votes against the BN candidate back then … I am hoping to bring issues closed to the people’s heart there like rising cost of living, land issues, and reclaiming Sabah’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963,” he added.

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