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Batu Sapi : Pakatan meeting fizzles out

KOTA KINABALU: A scheduled Sabah Pakatan Rakyat meeting to decide whether the party would contest the Batu Sapi by-election fizzled out in Sandakan.

Although all leaders from the state Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Sabah DAP and PAS flew into the Sabah east coast town for the meeting at 2pm yesterday, reporters covering it were surprised when told there was no Sabah PR meet at Sanbay Hotel.

Instead, Sabah DAP chairman Hiew King Cheu met with DAP leaders at the party’s Taman Mawar office in Sandakan at 1pm while state PKR leaders led by vice-president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan held their meeting at the Sanbay Hotel.

The leaders could not be contacted amid uncertainty on whe­ther the Opposition coalition had reached any consensus on the party to contest the Batu Sapi seat.

Party officials, who declined to be named, indicated that the meeting would be held as soon as it could be convened.

It was being held up due to some problems arising from an emotional member, an official said.

After meeting DAP leaders in Sandakan, Hiew did not make any reference to the state PR meeting and explained that any decision would be referred to national PR leaders Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Kit Siang.

The Batu Sapi seat is being sought by both PKR and DAP although both sides had agreed to thrash out their differences and place a single PR candidate. Sabah PAS has not voiced its intention to contest the seat.

Sabah PKR and Sabah DAP failed to see eye-to-eye in the 2008 elections to field a single candidate against Barisan Nasional unlike their counterparts in the peninsula.


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