KOTA KINABALU: Despite fielding mostly political greenhorns in the 16th state polls, Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) president Datuk Seri Anifah Aman is confident of his party’s candidates, saying that none of them has a history of party-hopping.
“Look at our line-up of candidates – none of them carries any political baggage and there is no history of party-hopping.
“Yes, most of them are fresh and new – but they are ‘change makers’. This is proof of our sincerity, ” he said when contacted by The Star on Friday (Sept 25).
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Saying that Sabahans are concerned by the “frog culture” of party-hopping, Anifah added that PCS vowed to put an end to the practice of switching political allegiances in the state.
“We have highlighted ‘recall petition’ in our manifesto where we want the Election Commission to declare a seat vacant in the event the elected representative hops to another party before the end of his or her term.
“We want to protect the mandate of the rakyat, ” he said.
Anifah also said PCS stood out from the other parties in Sabah because it was the only local party that did not cooperate with any “Malaya-based parties”, referring to Peninsular Malaysia.
He also took a shot at Parti Warisan Sabah, saying that the party led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was not a local party because it cooperates with DAP and PKR from the Peninsula.
“Sabahans have been unhappy about this. They said that it defeats the whole purpose of wanting to be ruled by local Sabahans, which they have been longing for.
“This is important because they are fed up at the constant interference from political powers in Malaya.
“They want a state government that’s ruled fully by Sabahans so that they can determine their future.”
As campaigns for the state elections enter their final lap before polling day tomorrow (Sept 26), Anifah said the fact that PCS was contesting all 73 seats showed that the party was serious in wanting to form the next state government led by Sabahans and a local party.
“I have to be optimistic about our chances and God willing, Sabahans will win this election with PCS, ” he added.
On Saturday, 447 candidates will slug it out in 73 seats across the state.
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