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Be tactful, exercise wisdom when negotiating seats, Umno sec-gen reminds leaders

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 2/8/2020 FMT Reporters
Annuar Musa wearing a suit and tie: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa says opposition parties must negotiate ‘if you want a straight fight with Warisan’. © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa says opposition parties must negotiate ‘if you want a straight fight with Warisan’.

PETALING JAYA: Umno secretary-general Annuar Musa this morning reminded leaders of political parties to be tactful when it comes to negotiations, less than 24 hours after seemingly taking a swipe at PPBM over the upcoming Sabah election.

Annuar said leaders ought to be tactful especially when one is in a “position to sort things out face to face”.

“Overreacting may result in you being less effective when it comes to real negotiations. Always exercise wisdom!” he said in a tweet.

Yesterday, Sabah Umno told its Perikatan Nasional ally that it had autonomy when it came to contesting state seats. It also said it may want to contest for more than 38 seats.

PPBM had said earlier it intends to contest in 45 seats. This led to Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan telling PPBM Sabah chief Hajiji Noor to “stop dreaming”, according to a Malaysiakini report.

In a tweet last night, Annuar said PPBM could contest for as many seats as it wanted as it was its right to do so. He said, however, that Barisan Nasional could also do the same.

“However, if you want a straight fight with Warisan, you need to negotiate and make the way for the stronger party to contest,” he said.

The Sabah legislative assembly was dissolved on Thursday, paving the way for a state election, which must be held before Sept 29.

There are 73 seats in the new state assembly, up from 60 previpously. The 13 new seats are in Bengkoka, Bandau, Pintasan, Pantai Dalit, Darau, Tanjung Keramat, Limbahau, Tulid, Telupid, Sungai Manila, Lamag, Segama and Kukusan.

In the 2018 general election, Umno won 17 seats, but was left with only Sungai Sibuga, held by Musa Aman, after 16 assemblymen quit to join Warisan and PPBM.

Last week, Musa announced he had obtained enough support for a simple majority to form the state government. However, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri agreed to dissolve the state assembly on the request of Chief Minister Shafie Apdal.

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