What 60pc? Sabah Pakatan chief asks after deputy moots seat swap offer

Sabah PH chairman Christina Liew (left) says DAP state chief Stephen Wong had jumped the gun in making the announcement yesterday. ― Picture by Julia Chan
Sabah PH chairman Christina Liew (left) says DAP state chief Stephen Wong had jumped the gun in making the announcement yesterday. ― Picture by Julia Chan

KOTA KINABALU, Jan 25 ― Sabah Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Christina Liew denied today an offer by her deputy that the pact is willing to exchange 60 per cent of seats with Parti Warisan Sabah.

Liew said DAP state chief Stephen Wong had jumped the gun in making the announcement yesterday, saying the four-party alliance had not decided on an exchange of 60 per cent seats in the state legislative assembly for 60 per cent seats in Parliament for the coming 14th general elections.

“It is not our stand. We did not mention this formula. We definitely want a pact with them but we did not decide on this formula,” she told a news conference here.

“Maybe he got too excited with the possibility of a pact,” she added.

Despite the snafu, the Api Api assemblyman said the relationship between PKR and DAP is still “ok” but declined to comment when asked if she had spoken to Wong on the matter.

Yesterday, Wong said PH had in a consensus agreed to not to run in 60 per cent of the 60 Sabah state seats in the next polls, if Warisan would agree not to field candidates in 60 per cent of parliamentary seats there.

In reply, Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking said it was not appropriate to offer a bottom line “ultimatum” publicly before any agreement to collaborate.

Liew denied Wong’s premature offer was an “ultimatum”, though she acknowledged Leiking’s rationale that there was more to discuss than just a ratio.

“After our meeting with Pakatan Harapan deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, I had in fact issued a letter to Warisan expressing our intent to work together and hopefully soon before the end of the month.

“But there was no mention of the seat sharing formula and this was not something we had decided on,” she said.

When contacted for comment, Sabah DAP secretary Chan Foong Hin said he disagreed with Liew.

“With due respect, DAP Sabah does not agree with PKR Sabah chairperson Christina Liew's statement during press conference this morning. However, we would not continue to pursue the matter by commenting in the media.

“DAP Sabah is of the opinion that seat negotiation should be done through proper channels and any discussions should be conducted privately between our parties,” he said without elaborating.

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