KOTA KINABALU: A former Parti Cinta Sabah leader has told the party that it is too late to launch criticisms on Parti Warisan Sabah which has come to an agreement with Pakatan Harapan on seat allocations in the state for the general election.
Hasmin Azroy Abdullah, who was PCS vice-president and Youth chief before quitting two weeks ago, said attacks on Warisan for its failure to cooperate with PCS would fail.
“Warisan has effectively sealed the electoral pact with PH and there is no point in PCS attacking them through whatever figment of imagination they created in the hopes of getting attention,” he said.
“You may very well get the attention you want but it will only last for a few hours and soon be forgotten,” said Hasmin, who was among eight PCS supreme council members to announce their resignations from the opposition outfit on March 22.
“Any further attacks on Warisan by PCS will backfire as more PCS members would become interested to know more about Warisan,” he said in a statement today.
On Tuesday, PCS president Wilfred Bumburing accused Warisan of wanting an opposition seat allocation agreement that was worse than what was practised by the ruling Barisan Nasional.
He claimed that Warisan had wanted 42 state seats, or 72% of Sabah’s legislative seats, in its negotiation with PH.
He said the formula was worse than that practised among BN components and offered no positive change to woo voters.
He said this the day after Warisan president Shafie Apdal announced, without revealing details, that the seat negotiation was a “done deal” between Warisan and PH.
Shafie, who is Semporna MP, said PCS and its coalition partner Parti Anak Negeri did not figure in the deal yet but it was up to Bumburing’s party to enter the negotiations.
A few weeks ago, Shafie had denied that his party was greedy for seats, as alleged by Bumburing, and said he did not know where the Tamparuli assemblyman had got the number of seats wanted by Warisan.
Hasmin also said Shalmon Sanangan, who was recently appointed as PCS’ acting Youth chief after his departure, was wrong in accusing Warisan of seeking dominance in any pact so that it could have absolute power in drafting state policies if the pact took over the state government.
“Warisan is only seeking an electoral pact with Pakatan Harapan and is not interested in becoming one of its component parties,” Hasmin said.
“Unlike how the Sabah BN operates now, PH could always veto any policy drafted by Warisan if that coalition believes it is unfair or not beneficial to Sabahans,” he said.