PAS representation in Sabah assembly unacceptable, says PKR’s Christina Liew

KOTA KINABALU: The proposal to appoint a PAS representative to the state legislative assembly is not acceptable in Sabah, says Datuk Christina Liew.

The Sabah PKR chief feels that PAS’ ideologies are not suitable for Sabah, which is home to over 30 different ethnic groups of diverse religious backgrounds.

“The proposal to include a PAS representative in the state legislature and government is not acceptable to the people, given that Sabah is an exemplary Malaysian state for multiracial, inter-religious and multicultural harmony where peaceful co-existence has been the hallmark of our life,” she said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 3).

"The people of Sabah embrace the principle of moderation and concept of unity in diversity,“ Liew said.

The Api-Api assemblyman said the proposed inclusion of a PAS representative in the Sabah state assembly would hurt the multicultural character of the state.

She was commenting on Selangor PAS leader Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir's statement on Friday (Oct 2) that the party is qualified to get a nominated assemblyman's spot in the Sabah legislative assembly and government.

On Thursday (Oct 1), Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa had said he expected PAS to receive at least one of the six spots for nominated assemblymen available to the state government.

Liew, who is a former Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, noted that the people's non-acceptance is reflected in an ongoing petition to the Sabah government, dubbed "PAS is not allowed in Sabah Cabinet".

The signature campaign was initiated three days ago by the "Better Sabah" group, and hopes to hit the 25,000 mark.

Over 16,500 have signed the online petition at as of 1.30pm on Oct 3.

Liew further contended that PAS did not contest any seat in the recently-concluded 16th state election, and neither has it ever won an election in Sabah.

"PAS' repeated loss in previous elections in Sabah is viewed as a clear-cut rejection of the party by the people," she said.

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