Maximus: No MPs from PBS approached to switch sides


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Mar 2008

KOTA KINABALU: No Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) MPs have been approached by PKR leaders to cross over to the Opposition, said its deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.

“The Opposition would not dare. We’re a team of principled leaders. Why should PKR and the Opposition engage in this disrespectful act of ‘buying’ elected representatives?        

“We have had enough of frog politics in the past. The people showed their disapproval by eliminating unprincipled politicians through the ballot box,” said the newly-appointed Science, Technology and Innovation Minister yesterday.

Dr Maximus was responding to reports that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had held talks with a number of Barisan Nasional lawmakers said to defect.        

Anwar was quoted as saying that Barisan MPs from Sabah and Sarawak had contacted him.

Stressing that such acts must be condemned, he said politicians who leapfrog must be removed.        

“Those who promote this sort of dirty and undignified politics should be condemned by the people. It’s a corrupt practice,” said Dr Maximus, who retained the Kota Marudu seat.

He suggested that the culprits be dealt with under the anti-corruption laws or existing security laws for causing political instability and public disorder.

PBS has three MPs – Dr Maximus, party president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan (Keningau) and supreme council member Datuk Chong Ket Wah (Batu Sapi). – Bernama

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