PUTRAJAYA: After serving as Kota Marudu member of parliament for five terms, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) acting president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili has been given the option to contest in the state seat in his hometown in Sabah.
He said the allocation of state seats was still being discussed with Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“The party has offered me the option of returning to Sabah after serving here for three terms (in cabinet) and five terms as MP,” said the energy, green technology and water minister.
“We will decide on the seat distribution in two or three weeks.”
Earlier, he attended his ministry’s Excellent Service Award ceremony at Marriot Hotel here.
Last year, Maximus had expressed his intention to contest for the Tambunan state seat in the 14th General Election.
Asked whether he would take the position of deputy chief minister, Maximus said that would only be decided on if he returned to Sabah.
Maximus said PBS was confident of winning back the seats that it had lost in the previous general election, based on the positive responses from the people and the party’s commitment.
“We had five parliamentary seats and 13 state seats in the 13th General Election. We lost the parliamentary seat of Kota Kinabalu and six state seats. This time, we are confident that we will be able to win back these seats,” he said.