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Sabah opposition in a fix over seat allocation


KOTA KINABALU: Opposition parties in Sabah are in a fix over the allocation of state seats for the 13th general election.

Sabah Progressive Party is now asking the Pakatan Rakyat leadership not to delay the announcement of its formula for seat sharing among parties in the opposition bloc here.

SAPP youth chairman Edward Dagul, in a statement, urged PKR vice-chairman Tian Chua, who is also Batu member of parliament, to confirm whether the formula proposed by PR -- '60 state seats to be divided by 6 parties' -- is official and final.

Tian Chua had previously proposed that the 60 state seats in Sabah be shared among PR's three parties, the two movements that support the opposition which are led by Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin (Pakatan Perubahan Sabah) and Datuk Seri Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing (Angkatan Perubahan Sabah) and SAPP. This means each party gets to contest 10 seats on average.

PR's proposal, however, does not include the State Reform Party (Star), which is led by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan in Sabah.

"Tian Chua has met SAPP president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee and a few other SAPP leaders to discuss the sharing of the state seats last month and proposed this formula.

"Since then, we have been waiting for PR to confirm if this is their official seat-sharing formula and whether this formula is also used in Sarawak and the peninsula."

He said the two movements were expected to use the Parti Keadilan Rakyat's symbol and this would mean PR would be able to contest 50 seats with PKR contesting 30, and SAPP would end up contesting only up to 10 seats.

He said PR should make it known to the public if this proposed formula was final.

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