KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has welcomed Umno’s stand to continue working together in the state, says Bersatu vice-president Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee.
He said Umno’s stand to continue working closely with Bersatu via Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) was in line with their work towards political stability.
“Our nation needs a form of political stability that helps us deal with a bigger issue, which is the nation’s economy and development, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Kiandee said this after Sabah Bersatu chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, who is also Chief Minister, said the cooperation and relations between Sabah Bersatu and Umno remained strong in spite of what was happening at the national level.
Hajiji’s statement comes amid talk of realignment between members of the nine parties in GRS, which consist of Sabah Perikatan – comprising Bersatu, Sabah STAR, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and PAS, Sabah Barisan Nasional – comprising Sabah Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), Sabah MCA and Sabah MIC and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
Sabah Umno chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin had also said the party’s stand was to continue to work together.
Kiandee said the people were putting their hopes on stability and a better future.
Therefore, Umno’s stand on working together with GRS partners, especially Umno, was very much welcomed, he added.
He said Sabah Umno’s stand and spirit must also be extended to the national level to face the coming general election.
“The last state election which saw the Warisan-led state government defeated is a sign that the people want new and stable political alignments that can promise development for the people.
“Strong relations between all Perikatan Nasional parties are needed to keep this new coalition strong, ” Kiandee said.