Unable to please the other BN leaders in Sabah, the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) meeting, initially scheduled for Tuesday (2-3-2004), has been postponed, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
He said this was in the wake of appeals from leaders of Sabah BN component parties who wanted to meet him on one to one basis to decide the party which would contest in certain constituencies.
Musa, who is the Sabah BN chairman, said the number constituencies involved was small and expected the issue to be resolved within the next few days.
The BN leadership has decided on seat distribution among the state BN component parties.
It was learnt that Umno was given 33 state seats, 13 for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), six for United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation Bersatu (Upko), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) (four), Liberal Democratic Party (three) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) (one).
After repeated calls for patience and co-operation in abiding the decision of the state BN leadership Musa still failed to convince them. Even though Musa said it was only minor swapping of constituencies that needed to be attended to, one believes the real trouble could be worst. Or else the leaders would not have requested for a one to one meeting, or the more popular pharase 'direct negotiation'.
One wonders why a separate meeting is necessary when these parties are all in a big family of Barisan Nasional. Must there be private dealing, story tellings and back stabbing each other? Don't we need some tranparency even in the dealing of seats allocation?
This is just the beginning of the big trouble ahead. When the starting is wrong, unsincere and out of norm, the body and the tail will never be right.
Let see if Musa could win the war before the battle.