KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Pakatan Harapan (PH) says it has accepted the fact that it is impossible to have straight fights between Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14).
“In Sabah, we have many parties. So there is no such thing as a one-to-one fight,” its chief Christina Liew said.
“Even if we work with certain opposition parties and reach a pact with them, there will still be other parties that will not agree,” she added.
Liew, who is also Sabah PKR chairman, said PH would only work with “real opposition” politicians who genuinely wanted to topple BN from the state government.
She said the coalition would work with “one or two local parties” who had the same objective to change the government and they needed to be united for the purpose.
“We know which ones we want to work with. We already have an idea, but our doors are always open (to others),” she said after the soft launch of Sabah PH’s manifesto today.
She added that she knew of some opposition parties friendly with BN, which they would not work with.
She however said the chances of defeating BN would not be easy without solid cooperation among the opposition parties.
Meanwhile, PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was present, confirmed that the party had held informal talks with certain Sabah opposition parties who met her in Peninsular Malaysia to work out a deal.
“We had informal talks. It is important for us to reach some sort of an agreement and understanding,” she said.
“We know that if we are divided, we will have less of a chance to topple the BN government,” she added.
Wan Azizah, who is PH president, said PKR was also open to anyone willing to hammer out a deal as long as the final objective of toppling the BN government could be achieved.
DAP Sabah chairman Stephen Wong said PH was confident of winning more than 10 parliamentary seats.
He said the coalition was still waiting for other opposition parties to come forward to work together on the seat allocation agreement.
“We want an alliance so we can do a check and balance. We do not want one party to dominate all the state seats,” he said.
He said Sabahans were no longer partial to local state parties compared to those based in Peninsular Malaysia.
“The important issue is to have good governance and the faith of the people,” he said.