Malaysia

Warisan allies will discuss who to contest in new seats, says Shafie

Warisan president Shafie Apdal says the parties have agreed in principle to defend the seats they won in the last election.

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan president Shafie Apdal said the party has yet to decide on whether it would be contesting the 13 new state seats in the upcoming election.

He said the party will discuss the matter with its allies – Upko, PKR and DAP – soon.

The 13 new state seats were carved out after the May 9, 2018 general election.

“For now, we have agreed in principle to defend the seats we won (in the last general election), as have our friends in the other parties,” he said, citing the example of Upko defending the Kadamaian seat which was won by Ewon Benedick.

He was speaking to reporters after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting here.

In the 2018 general election, Warisan won 21 seats out of the 45 it contested.

Shafie said what was important is that the individual selected to stand in a constituency is a winnable candidate.

He also played down concerns about holding the election in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying there are SOPs in place.

“If Singapore and South Korea managed to hold their elections, and a by-election was held in Chini (Pahang), why can’t Sabah hold an election?” he asked.

The Sabah assembly was dissolved last Thursday, paving the way for an election which must be held before Sept 29.

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