KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) understands the unhappiness of Sabahans over the appointment of a PAS representative into the state assembly, says its president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pic).
“We hear loud and clear the unhappiness of Sabahans, politicians and the public,” he said.
He said PBS shares their misgivings and concerns over the setting of a precedent whereby a member of a peninsula-based religious party is appointed to be a member of the state assembly without even having participated in the election.
“Given that the appointment has since been made, we will assume our role as a monitor and provide a check and balance to ensure that the concerns of the Sabah public are addressed,” Ongkili said in a statement Thursday (Oct 8).
He added that while there was no need to set a precedent for the appointment given the concerns on religious grounds, PBS will help monitor PAS.
“We, too, look forward to working with the PAS representative who has a good background in academia and hails from Tenom,” he said.
He expressed his confidence that Dr Aliakbar Gulasan, the nominated assemblyman, will seek to disprove the wrong things and perceptions of the public regarding PAS in Sabah.
Ongkili said prior to the appointment, PBS raised its concerns over the matter to Perikatan Nasional and an explanation had been given.
“I call on the people of Sabah to unite, cooperate and give all their support to the new Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor and his new Cabinet,” he said.
He said PBS’ desire is nothing less than to see Sabah develop more, prosper exceedingly and strengthen, fully united under the new government of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).
In congratulating Hajiji for the appointment of all ministers and assistant ministers as well as nominated assemblymen into the state legislative assembly, Ongkili said the House is set to commence the task of lawmaking for Sabah.
He also thanked Hajiji for giving PBS two Cabinet ministers and three assistant ministers in the new government.
“Our team, led by Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, are all set to play their role in their respective appointments,” Ongkili said.
“Our members are well trained and experienced and they have pledged to serve the people of Sabah to the best of their ability and support the Chief Minister to deliver what has been promised to the rakyat,” he added.
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