KOTA KINABALU: Kiulu incumbent assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, who is defending his seat, says although he has no qualms working with Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, there is still bitterness due to the latter’s move to ditch the Kadazandusun-Murut (KDM) alliance and join Warisan Plus.
The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief said Madius did not only leave Barisan Nasional in 2018 but also turned his back on the “misompuru” (unity) pact of Upko, PBS and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah which was used when campaigning in the 14th General Election.
Although hurt by the betrayal, Joniston still considered the Upko president a friend.
“Professionally, I have no qualms working with Madius as Tuaran MP in the spirit of developing Kiulu. But remind (him) in the last GE, we had campaigned together under the ‘Misompuru Bersatu’ tagline.
“In fact, it was his suggestion that the three main KDM parties form an official pact as a united front to face the election,” he said.
“As a result, a presidential council comprising the presidents of the three parties was set up but sadly after the election, he left us to become an ally of Warisan.”
If he manages to retain his seat, Joniston believed that having elected representatives from two differing sides would still augur well for Kiulu.
“If the previous state government was willing to cooperate with the Federal Government even though on the opposite side, why can’t we do the same for Kiulu?” he said.
On another note, Joniston said PBS was now able to use its own symbol for the state election since the party was no longer in Barisan but allies under the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah alliance created with Perikatan Nasional and Barisan.
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