KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno hopes to its former Barisan Nasional ally Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) would return the favor by allowing the Malay party to take on Warisan in the upcoming Kimanis by-election.
According to Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin, there have been unofficial meetings between the two parties, with Umno hoping PBS would stay out of the contest. “These talks have been very positive.
We will make the talks official soon,” he said, adding that further talks would be held on the sidelines of Christmas parties today.
On Jan 1, Sabah Umno plans to announce its candidate for Kimanis.
While PBS has yet to decide whether to participate in the by-election. It is reported that they were being called, following the Federal Court’s decision to nullify the victory of former foreign minister Anifah Aman.
The party enjoyed support from the grassroots in Kimanis, PBS president Maximus Ongkili said.
“If we decide not to contest, PBS will support any political party whose struggle is to protect the state’s rights, as stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and defend Sabah from being populated by illegal immigrants,” Ongkili said.
Meanwhile, Umno backed PBS candidate Linda Tsen against DAP’s Vivian Wong in the Sandakan by-election.
According to reports, Ongkili had said that PBS did not owe favors to any political party except the people.
There are 29,664 registered voters in Kimanis, with 52% comprising Bumiputera Muslims, 41% non-Muslim Bumiputeras, and about 6% Chinese.