KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah deputy chief minister Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, who won the Tamparuli state seat under a PKR ticket in the May 5 general election this year, is set to helm a newly-registered Opposition party.
Bumburing is expected to take control of Pakatan Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS), which was registered by his associates, within a fortnight, after Registrar of Societies (RoS) allowed changes to the party's line-up.
Sources said the main reason for Bumburing's move was his disappointment with the way PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has handled various party matters in Sabah.
However, Bumburing, who is Angkatan Perubuhan Sabah (APS or Sabah Reform Movement) chief, is playing down talk that his non-governmental organisation-based APS was not planning to severe ties with Pakatan Rakyat, the Opposition coalition.
He has also turned down invitations by PKR and DAP to join them as a member.
When contacted by The Star Online, the Tamparuli assemblyman said although APS was aligned to Pakatan, it was not invited for meetings or coalition functions.
He added that, like Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PMS), APS felt sidelined, and that he had been approached by several newly-registered Sabah-based parties, including PKS.
"Some of my members are asking me take up a new political platform for APS. I am listening to all views. I am now thinking about it," he said.
"I don't want to do anything in a rush."
Bumburing, who was former deputy president of Upko led by Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, quit the party last year to form APS, which was recently registered as an NGO by the RoS.
Last month, Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who won the Bingkor state seat under the ticket of Sarawak-based State Reform Party (STAR), was also reported to be moving to the newly-registered Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS).
PKS and PCS were among the 11 new parties, including Usno Baru, registered by the RoS after the last national polls.
DAP recently lost its Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Cheu, when he quit the party to be an independent following an internal dispute with the state party leadership.
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