KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional’s second largest partner Parti Bersatu Sabah is sticking with the ruling coalition, believing that it is the best choice for Sabahans.
“PBS will stick with Barisan. It may not be perfect but PBS will work from within to improve things that are not so good,” PBS acting president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pix) said.
He said there is much more to be done for the state and Barisan is the best choice compared to the opposition, whose leaders did nothing when they were in government.
“Barisan has enough sincerity and track record to show that it is for the people,” he said.
“They (opposition leaders) were once chief minister, state and federal ministers. I want to ask them what they did for Sabah rights,” Dr Ongkili said when responding to questions about political talk that PBS might leave the coalition.
He said these opposition leaders were now busy raising the issue of the Malaysian federation under Malaysia Agreement 1963 but when they were in government they did nothing to address the various state needs.
He said Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who served at the federal level in various capacities including as a full minister, had hardly spoken about state rights but was now championing it.
“What did Shafie do then or Datuk Yong Teck Lee (former chief minister and Sabah Progressive Party president) do for Malaysia Agreement?
“They talk about it now, is it because they are jobless? They only talk when they have no power,” he said after attending a community dinner in Tawau Thursday.
He also said that the other opposition leaders, such as Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Datuk Lajim Ukin and Datuk Wilfred Bumburing who heads Parti Cinta Sabah, were also ministers in the government previously.