‘We’re Staying Put But Can Negotiate’ – Pakatan Harapan Makes It Clear

Members of Amanah, DAP and Parti Keadilan on stage Sunday singing patriotic songs.

KOTA KINABALU – PKR, DAP and Amanah have teamed up to launch their Pakatan Harapan alliance in Sabah with a clear message to local opposition parties that they intend to contest in the state in the coming polls.

Leaders of the alliance was quoted by the Star in its portal that they are willing to negotiate with Sabah-based opposition parties on how they can take on the ruling Barisan Nasional on a one-to-one basis.

They said that staying out of Sabah in the coming elections in favour of local parties is out of the question.

Sabah DAP chief Stephen Wong said they are willing to “give and take” with their local counterparts who shouldn’t adopt a “taiko” or big brother attitude by insisting to contest the majority of the seats.

Supporters of the national opposition parties that form Pakatan Harapan at Sunday’s gathering.

“Any decision on who is to contest a particular seat should be based on the party’s work, contribution and strength in that area,” he said.

“If a party has not done anything in a constituency and expects us to just allow it to contest there, it would be unfair,” Wong said after signing an agreement with Sabah PKR chief Christina Liew and state Amanah chief Hamzah Abdullah for the formation of Harapan alliance Sunday.

Jaujan Sambakong, fourth from right, of Warisan with DAP’s Chan Foong Hin, Jimmy Wong and Edwin Bosi. Seen seated are Stephen Wong, Lim Kit Siang, Christina Liew, Wan Azizah, Mat Sabu and Hamzah Abdullah.

Also present were PKR leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.

The event was held at the Dewan Hakka in Likas here, which was also the launch venue of the United Sabah Alliance comprising the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) and STAR.

The hall was also the venue of the launch of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah led by former Umno leader Datuk Lajim Ukin.

Dr Wan Azizah told reporters later that she had met Parti Warisan Sabah leader Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to kick off discussions on strategies to take on Barisan in the coming polls.

Asked about Lajim’s call for peninsula-based parties to stay out of Sabah in the next elections, she said: “He was from PKR and won his (Klias state seat) on a PKR ticket.”

Hamzah said the presence of local opposition party leaders is a good sign that they can sit together and negotiate ahead of the polls.