SHAH ALAM: Amanah communications director Khalid Samad has confirmed that the party’s leadership gave the go-ahead to contest against opposition allies Parti Warisan Sabah.
Amanah will field candidates in the Batu Sapi parliamentary seat and Merotai state seat.
Speaking to FMT during a ceramah here on Saturday, Khalid said the decision was made because a consensus could not be reached.
“We’re very sorry to our friends in Warisan but after long negotiations they refused to budge and would not even give us one seat despite our members having been working hard there ever since Amanah was formed two years ago,” said Khalid.
Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (“Mat Sabu”) speaking at the ceramah, expressed gratitude to Parti Warisan Sabah for its work in the state, saying that Sabah would be Barisan Nasional’s first loss of power in Borneo.
He said Pakatan Harapan would also win in Kedah, Negeri Sembilan and retain power in Selangor and Penang, and exhorted party members to work hard.
In an earlier media report, Sabah Amanah chief Hamzah Abdullah was quoted as saying that Amanah leaders had reached a decision at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
Four candidates are vying for Batu Sapi: Hamza Abdullah (Amanah), Liew Vui Keong (Warisan), Linda Tsen Thau Lin (BN), and Norsah Bongsu (PAS).
Seven people are contending for the Merotai state seat.
The seven candidates are: Ahmad Dullah (PAS), Lim Ting Khai (BN-LDP), Sharatha Masyaroh John Ridwan Lincon (Parti Harapan Rakyat), Abrani Akum (Amanah), Sarifudin Hata (Warisan), Azizul Tandek (Parti Kebangsaan Sabah) and Mohd Nasir Sumadi (Usno).
The seat was formerly held by state assistant minister Pang Yuk Ming, who was dropped from the LDP line-up.
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