Tough going for Bung Moktar in seat negotiations

BN elections chief Bung Moktar Radin is hopeful of success within days. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin says electoral seat negotiations with fellow state opposition parties are proving to be tough as they gear up for the state assembly elections.

However, he said the party leaders are determined to work it out and hope to finalise discussions in the next two days so they can have a favourable chance at the elections.

“Discussions still going on, it was very hard,” he told reporters before a get-together of state opposition leaders with Perikatan Nasional leader Muhyiddin Yassin here today.

“Towards the end we have to find a solution, that’s all. Is there another choice? To win we have to work together.

“Everybody feels they are strong. Every party and the opposition think that they can win the area, everybody claims they can win. That is a good sign but now it’s difficult to decide who’s going to take which seat(s).”

Bung, who is Sabah Barisan Nasional election leader, said BN will go on with its “dacing” symbol for the state elections despite talk that Perikatan Nasional and Parti Bersatu Sabah will use their own symbol for the polls.

“Should be fine, as long as we don’t contest against each other,” he said when asked if he had any issue with opposition parties not using one common logo. “It should be ok.”

On the matter of an opposition candidate to be nominated chief minister, Bung said they are focused on winning the elections.

The state elections have been set for Sept 26.

Sabah Umno and its partners MCA and PBRS are in BN, while PN comprises Sabah PPBM, STAR and SAPP, while PBS and PAS are allies of PN in the state.