PKR And DAP To Finalise Seats Next Week

CHRISTINA LIEW

KOTA KINABALU: Discussions on seat-sharing among Warisan Plus component parties have shifted gear with PKR and DAP expected to finalise plans next week.

The two Pakatan Harapan coalition parties are also expected to deliberate on the suggestion that all parties use a common logo – that of Parti Warisan Sabah – in the forthcoming state election.

“Thereafter we will sit down with caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal,” said Sabah PH chairperson Datuk Christina Liew here today.

She said they had already met twice among themselves to discuss seats and would be having one more meeting to finalise things.

This is to ensure there is no overlap among the  coalition partners, said Liew who heads Sabah PKR.

Towards this end, she said the state chapter had been given autonomy by party headquarters to choose who gets to contest where this time.

“We are just as anxious to get this done, because we want to start preparing the campaign machinery, and now with Covid-19 restricting our movements, we can’t do things like usual, like ceramahs,” she told reporters after chairing a meeting with PKR branch chiefs from various branches statewide on today.

PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) form Sabah PH but Amanah sat out the May 2018 elections.

The ruling Warisan Plus coalition in the state comprises Warisan, Upko, DAP and PKR.

On the question of using a common logo, Liew said they would be discussing the suggestion initially floated by Amanah among themselves.

“I know one has agreed (Amanah), which leaves PKR and DAP but we also read that Shafie was leaving it to each individual party to decide,” she said.

Liew who is caretaker deputy chief minister, said today’s meeting was also to express their strong support for Shafie to lead them into the election.