KOTA KINABALU: Sabah DAP has hailed the cooperation between Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the coming election, saying these are the two mainstream opposition groups in the country.
Sabah DAP secretary Chan Foong Hin said this was not only crucial for seat negotiations but would also mean an easier transition in terms of a working relationship if they manage to topple Barisan Nasional (BN).
“It’s important in politics to ensure who is in the mainstream and not. And, definitely, for the opposition, PH is the mainstream nationally and Warisan in Sabah.
“We have close cooperation where we feel the national and local opposition can play their respective roles effectively.
“PH will bring a more national-aligned political agenda without sidelining the autonomy for Sabah. The local party, in turn, will help us fulfil the aspirations of Sabahans,” he said.
Chan, the DAP candidate for the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat, said the working ties were necessary to return autonomy or important decision-making powers from the federal to the state government.
“I have spoken to Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking. He mentioned the ‘handshake’ in Warisan’s logo, and that it was akin to the west coast working with the east coast (of Sabah).
“But I shared with Darell that it could also mean the local party must ‘shake hands’ with the national party.”
Chan said now that the electoral pact with Warisan was in place, PH could fully concentrate on beating its BN opponents in the three federal and seven state seats DAP is contesting without worrying too much about split votes.
“For local parties that have stated they want to oust Malayan parties, I’m sorry… our ideologies are different,” Chan said, referring to the four-party local opposition pact, Gabungan Sabah.