Azmin believes there should be further discussions between PKR and SAPP on a feasible number of state seats for SAPP to contest in.
PETALING JAYA: Opposition Sabah Progressive People Party’s (SAPP) demands to contest for 40 states seats is “not feasible” because it would leave other partners within Pakatan Rakyat vying for just 20 seats, PKR vice-president Azmin Ali said today.
“Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim announced that we are open to discussions with all parties and quarters to create solidarity ahead of the 13th general election and our face-off with Sabah BN in particular.
“But SAPP still stands by its decision to contest in 40 areas. This is of course not a feasible request for Pakatan because in Sabah there are 60 state assembly seats.
“If 40 have been taken up by SAPP, what are the roles of PKR, DAP, PAS? And now we have our new friends PPS (Pakatan Perubahan Sabah/APS) and PPPS (Pertubuhan Pakatan Perubahan Sabah),” Azmin told reporters at a press conference here.
He said this when asked why PKR doubted SAPP’s strength as an entity in Sabah at this late hour when the party had been in negotiations with SAPP from 2009.
Anwar had said last month that if SAPP wanted “half the seats” then “it has to be a strong formidable party.”
SAPP president Yong Teck Lee had, in turn, demanded that Anwar inform them of how many seats SAPP should contest in the state assembly and Parliament.
But Azmin today avoided giving exact numbers, insisting instead that they should hold further discussions over the issue.
“We request that SAPP be more practical in their request for the number of seats, and we can continue to hold discussions this.
“But it must be finalized immediately because we expect parliament and the state assembly to be dissolved by February 24,” said Azmin.
Punch-up ‘not true’
Meanwhile, Azmin visibly bristled when asked to respond to reports of skirmishes between leaders of the original PKR members in Sabah and the members of Wilfred Bumburing’s Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS).
FMT reported today that a heated argument ensued between two local leaders in Kota Belud over who was the “more rightful” candidate in Sabah.
According to sources Bumburing’s frontman Mail Balinu was allegedly punched by Minsin Sompang, who was from the other faction.
But Azmin brushed off the incident as “not true” and chided FMT for bringing up the “rumours”.
“Rumours are just rumours, don’t ask me to verify rumours. We are not rumour-mongering people. Just speak based on facts. That is not true,” said Azmin.