Sabah DAP views seat negotiation delay in positive light

Stephen-Wong-warisanKOTA KINABALU: Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong says Warisan’s delay in negotiating for seats with other state opposition parties should be viewed positively in the lead-up to the 14th general election (GE14).

He said DAP invited Warisan to meet and negotiate seat distribution, but that the party preferred to work on winning the support of the grassroots first and deal with seat-sharing later.

Wong, who is also Sandakan MP, said it was time for all opposition parties to agree on the matter, but added that they were willing to wait for Warisan to answer their call to do so.

“Warisan president Shafie Apdal said now is not the right time to negotiate seats and that they will work only with certain parties.

“We respect their will. To topple the BN government, we need to be ready to sit and negotiate,” he told FMT today.

“In my personal opinion, we need to do this as soon as possible because the people need to have confidence in us as we will face too much difficulty if we take longer to do this.

“But we need to look at this positively. I’m sure we will come through alright with Warisan eventually. We will wait and see, and work this out.”

Wong also advised his constituents and the general public to remain confident in DAP’s ability to face the election amid the possible deregistration of the party arising from alleged contravention of the Registrar of Societies’ (RoS) rules and DAP’s constitution.

The RoS announced on July 7 that DAP would need to hold a re-election for its central executive committee (CEC).

On Saturday, DAP said the party would not hold a fresh election but would seek a meeting with the RoS.

“We are asking the public to be patient and keep their confidence in us. They should not be worried because DAP will stand firm and do our best to ride this challenge out.

“The RoS is doing this because of the instruction from the top. They should have informed us about this four years ago.

“The RoS is being unfair but we will be ready for any eventualities,” Wong said.