KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), which will be contesting under its own symbol for the first time after 16 years is staking its claim on 30 out of 73 seats in the upcoming State Election.
Deputy President Datuk Seri Radin Malleh said a thorough analysis on the party’s strength and support in all the 73 state constituencies indicated that PBS has strong potential of winning the 30 seats.
“We are only planning to contest in 30 seats because we want to be reasonable, realistic and practical,” Radin said after chairing the party’s political bureau meeting, yesterday.
He said PBS was also in the process of finalising its list of candidates.
A good number of new faces, including women, were among those being considered, he said.
Formed in 1985, PBS is the longest surviving local political party in Sabah with 61 divisions all over the state including Labuan with more than 2,000 active branches.
The party has also set up protem divisional committee in the 13 new seats.
“PBS have been quietly working very hard and we are confident we have what it takes to win as many seats in the election,” Radin added.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, who is still recuperating from ailments brought by extreme exhaustion, has tasked Radin to lead PBS’ preparation for the election.
Radin said being a multiracial party, PBS is capable of winning any seats it contested, be it in KDMR, Muslim Bumiputera and Chinese majority constituency.
He also said that in areas where PBS is not contesting, it will support candidate from like-minded parties which share the common objective of defeating the under performing Warisan-led government.-SabahNewsToday