Muhyiddin: PPBM won’t contest any seats in Sabah, Sarawak

Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaks during a press conference at Galleri PPBM in Petaling Jaya April 23, 2018. ― Picture by Razak Ghazali

PETALING JAYA, April 23 — Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) said today it will not contest any seats in Sabah or Sarawak as part of an agreement with Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

PPBM chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that his party currently does not have any branch or division in the two states.

However, he said he hoped a consensus would be met between Warisan and Pakatan Harapan (PH) component party, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), as the latter had requested for two parliament and two state seats.

“We will not contest in Sabah as we don’t have our base there and made the decision from the very beginning to not enter Sabah and Sarawak.

“But Amanah has their grassroots there... it is up to Warisan to find a solution to this matter, as Amanah had requested for seats as they are the PH component party in Sabah,” he said at the party’s press conference, today.

Muhyiddin said Amanah would require Warisan’s cooperation to be given seat allocations.

“This is something that can be resolved, and we ask for Warisan’s discretion to decide on the matter before nomination day,” he said.

On Saturday, Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he had spoken to PPBM chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and reached an agreement that the two PH component parties would not contest in Sabah.

Shafie had also promised to elect two representatives from the parties as senators or other positions in the state.

Amanah Sabah chairman Hamzah Abdullah, however, insisted that his party will be contesting two parliament and state seats as decided by PH earlier on.