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Saturday, February 6, 2010

DAP kemaruk kuasa di Labuan

Labuan: Opposition partners DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have worked out a formula to share the State and Parliamentary seats in Sabah, including the sole MP seat in Labuan on a 50-50 basis for the next elections.

However, PAS - the other partner in the Pakatan Rakyat alliance - is also keen on congesting some of the seats.

"In that case both DAP and PKR will give up equal proportion of their seats to PAS. As for SAPP, it does not want to be with us, so let it be", said Sabah DAP Chairman Dr Hiew King Cheu.

Hiew, who is also MP for Kota Kinabalu, was here to attend the advance Chinese New Year dinner hosted by the Independent candidate in the last elections here. Lau Seng Kiat.

Hiew noted that Sabah had 60 State seats and 25 Parliament and Labuan one. He said he was constantly in touch with Labuan and would visit the island more frequently due to unhappiness over local issues.

"It is most likely that DAP will field a candidate here. For the last three general elections PAS had the opportunity. It is now our turn," said Hiew.

He said DAP should make an impact in the elections with the support of PKR and PAS as well as the new voters. There are some 26,000 voters on the island and many are new.

He also said the result of the last general elections which saw several states falling to opposition hands would likely influence voting trends in the coming elections.

"People now have no fear of voting for the opposition. They want change," added Hiew.

Hiew later made his rounds in the town wishing people advance Chinese New Year and distributing DAP calendars.

Kota Kinabalu:
DAP intends to contest in at least 12 Parliament seats in Sabah and Labuan in the coming General Election, said Sabah DAP chief, Dr Hiew King Cheu.

Hiew who is also Kota Kinabalu MP said "the rest of the seats, we will let the other Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners handle".

In this respect, two DAP MPs from Kuala Lumpur, Teo Yee Chiang (Serdang) and Lim Lip Eng (Segambut) are here for a five-day scheduled visit among others to ensure a stronger team building to tackle the coming general election, he said.

Hiew said the duo were designated by the DAP headquarters to mobilise as coordinators to fully back up Sabah DAP.

"The party leadership sees the importance of Sabah that has a total 25 MPs, and this can affect the final general result. The teamwork within Pakatan Rakyat must be strengthened to bring about a big win in Sabah in the next General Election," he said.

On Thursday, Hiew and other senior Sabah DAP members went for a Chinese New Year walkabout at Foh Sang together with the two MPs from Kuala Lumpur.

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