KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) does not want to merge with other Opposition parties to form a new coalition due to practical reasons, says its vice-president Datuk Johnny Mositun.
He said the proposed merger of Opposition parties in the state had been called off, but cooperation was still on the cards.
“And this does not mean that the ruling government can rest on
its laurels, ” he said, urging the current government to manage the state properly.
Mositun said although there were merits to having a larger single Opposition party, it was premature because the next general election was still a long way off.
“Anything can happen between now and then. If we dissolve our respective parties in haste, and the situation changes later, we would have gotten ourselves tangled up unnecessarily to face GE15. That is what PBS does not want to happen, ” said Mositun after meeting residents at Kampung Kaiduan in Papar and accepting new members into the Limbahau PBS division.
He said PBS president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili had also made clear that the dissolution of PBS, which had struggled for its principles for 35 years, was unimaginable.“Our members have stayed with us through all these years because of those principles. We will not abandon them or our ideals with the mere hope of regaining political power, ” he said.
Mositun said PBS was ready to cooperate with other Opposition parties to face the next general election.
“Cooperation is not a problem, even a loose coalition, but dissolution of PBS? Definitely not, ” he said, adding that PBS was not in the Opposition just for the sake of opposing.
“What is good for Sabah, PBS will support, but what is not good, we will oppose with all our might.”
He said this stand had earned the loyalty and respect of PBS members and was also attracting new members, especially from the younger generation who were fed up with political parties swaying various ways before and after each election for power and position.
“The new generation of voters wants to see political parties and leaders show consistency and genuine commitment to Sabah, ” Mositun said.
On the government’s ongoing efforts to raise funds in aid of China’s fight against Covid-19, Mositun said such moves were commendable, but added that Sabah must look at the needs of its people first.
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