PAS Not Contesting in Sabah Polls

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PAS has decided to defer to its allies in Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) after failing to get any seats to contest in the upcoming Sabah state election, with party president Abdul Hadi Awang saying he wants to avoid clashes with political partners.

He said PAS wanted to maintain the co-operation it had forged with its partners, while considering future political implications, despite having expressed a previous desire to compete in 10 seats.

“The priority of PAS is preparations for the 15th general election, which is expected to be held in the near future, apart from its commitment to strengthen co-operation in Muafakat Nasional and PN,” he said in a statement today.

He said PAS respected the decisions of its allies to contest in all 73 seats in the Sabah polls after negotiations on seat distribution were completed.

PAS contested in eight parliamentary and 16 state seats in Sabah in the last general election in 2018 but lost every one of them.