Monday, March 1

Don’t be obsessed about seats – Musa

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Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman launching the Program Sentuhan Harapan Petronas at Berunggis in Tuaran yesterday. Looking on are Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Haji Hajiji Haji Noor (right) who is also Sulaman assemblyman, Tamparuli assemblyman Datuk Jahid Jahim (third from left), Tuaran member of parliament Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing (second from right), Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas (second from left), Petronas Group Corporate Affairs Division senior general manager Dato' Mohammad Medan Abdullah (fourth from right), Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Office general manager Joseph Podtung (fourth from left) and Tuaran district officer Madiyem Layapan (left).

TUARAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman advised state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties’ leaders not to make extreme demands for seats to be contested by their parties in the coming general election.

The Sabah BN chairman said the matter will be discussed at a later and more appropriate date.

“Don’t be too obsessive about seats. Don’t worry about it. This is not our first election. When the election is announced, we can sit down and discuss this…it’s usually easily resolved,” he said.

“Right now there’s no need to aggravate the situation by arguing. The Sabah BN is in a good position, so let’s not spoil friendly ties for the sake of seats,” he said after launching the Petronas Sentuhan Harapan (Touch

of Hope) programme at the Berungis Petronas Service Centre, near here yesterday.

Musa was asked to comment on the calls from several state BN leaders, including the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), for Gerakan to focus on winning seats for BN in the peninsular instead of eying seats in Sabah.

He urged the Sabah BN leaders, especially the elected representatives, to double their efforts for the welfare of the community.

“Don’t worry too much about who gets more seats. What’s important is for us to find out the people’s problems and help them, only then will we always be in their hearts,” he said.

“What is important in achieving this objective is we must be sincere in our intention and we, as a family in the BN, must also practise mutual respect for each other.”

He said he believed that with this approach in line with the 1Malaysia concept, the BN government will obtain a big victory like that of the last general election.