KOTA KINABALU: Finding a win-win solution is key in the negotiations over seat allocations between Sabah Umno and PPBM for the upcoming state election, an Umno leader said.
Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan said the matter needs to be resolved soon to enable their election machinery to get cracking.
“There must be a win-win situation in the negotiations, not win-lose or lose-lose, and most importantly, it must be done smoothly, in terms of the seats to be contested and the candidates as well.
“I hope the talks can be done soon. That is key, and only after that will we (Umno) think about the candidates. All these need to be done quickly,” he told Bernama after attending the Sabah Umno political bureau meeting at the party headquarters here today.
The meeting was chaired by Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin.
Ahmad said he had been asked by Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to monitor developments and hold discussions with all the 25 division committees in the state.
On Saturday, Sabah PPBM chief Hajiji Noor said the party was prepared to contest 45 seats in the state election, while Bung said Sabah Umno would defend all the 32 seats it contested in the previous general election.
However, both state party chiefs also expressed willingness to hold discussions over seat allocations.
On the autonomy given to Sabah Umno in preparing and determining its candidates for the election, Ahmad said the task of nominating suitable candidates would be a huge responsibility for Bung.
On Thursday, incumbent chief minister Shafie Apdal announced the dissolution of the state assembly, paving the way for a state election to be held within 60 days.
Earlier, former chief minister Musa Aman claimed that the opposition bloc had secured a simple majority to form a new state government.