KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah’s youth chief Azis Jamman has said its “point-blank” rejection of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) 60:40 seat distribution proposal in Sabah shows that it is not a proxy of Dr Mahathir Mohamad who is PH chairman.
In a statement, he said the rejection also proved that Warisan would not let any party from Peninsular Malaysia dictate and tell it what to do.
He said Warisan would have had to accept whatever seats given to it by PH if it was a proxy.
The former Semporna Umno youth chief was commenting on Sabah Umno deputy information chief Ramlee Marahaban’s claim that the dispute between Warisan and PH over the proposal was staged.
Under PH’s seat-sharing proposal, Warisan would contest in 60% of the state seats while PH would run in 60% of the parliamentary seats in Sabah.
Azis said Ramlee’s statement that Warisan had enacted a “drama” in spurning the proposal was a sign of desperation due to Warisan’s growing popularity since its formation in October 2016.
“This wave of political change will not only put Ramlee’s position as elected representative in Semporna and as an assistant minister in Sabah at stake, but (be a threat) to Umno and BN’s tenure as the government of Sabah,” he said.
Azis claimed that Warisan’s programmes across Sabah were attracting thousands of Sabahans although the only handouts at the events were mineral water bottles.
“Despite that, people from all colours and faiths all over Sabah still turn up by the throngs because they are hungry for change,” he said.
Azis also said he believed some BN politicians were losing sleep because the fall of BN in Sabah would open the floodgates to investigations and prosecutions for alleged corruption and abuse of power during its rule.