KOTA KINANALU September 28, 2011 : Sabah Gerakan has come under fire from a state Umno leader for demanding seats.
Sabah Umno’s Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said the state Gerakan should not make such requests as it did not contest a single seat in Sabah during the 2008 general election.
“They have no right to demand,” he said referring to Gerakan vice-president Datuk Raymond Tan’s support for Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok’s call.
Dompok suggested that Umno should not contest more than 50% of the state and parliament seats in the state.
Ghapur, however, said he was not arguing the seat allocation issue but questioned the ability and credibility of Gerakan in winning the support of the people, particularly the Chinese community.
He said this in reference to Tan, a former Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) leader, and Datuk Peter Pang, a former Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), who left their respective parties but were retained as state Cabinet ministers.
Ghapur said the three assemblymen helped to keep Gerakan afloat.
“But are they “winnable” candidates?”
He urged Gerakan to settle their internal squabbling instead of demanding seats.