Bung: GRS can work with Sabah Pakatan, no need to be on formal basis


Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin. -Bernama filepic

KOTA KINABALU: The opposition Sabah Pakatan Harapan can work with the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) led state government without any formal framework, says Sabah Barisan Nasional chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

"We can work together for the interest of Sabah, we don't need anything formal," he said when contacted Tuesday.

Bung was commenting on the four-party Sabah Pakatan's move in submitting a Sabah Reform Agenda to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The reform agenda presented was widely seen as the basis for opposition cooperation with the ruling GRS coalition.

Bung said that the opposition can play a constructive role in supporting the government for various pressing needs for the state.

"The GRS government is always ready to discuss any issues in order to improve socio-economic status of the people of Sabah

"We have no problem working with them working on issues of common interest," he said.

Bung said Sabah's key issue was funds for the development infrastructure and other basic amenities that needed to be addressed immediately for the state to progress.

"We all can work together for it without a need for any formal agreement," said Bung, who is Deputy Chief Minister in the state cabinet.

On Tuesday, Sabah Pakatan submitted the Sabah Reform Agenda to Hajiji, who informed them (opposition) he will need to get the consensus of the 10-party GRS coalition.

Sabah Pakatan (PKR, DAP, Amanah and Upko) had stressed that their reform agenda was not similar to the MoU signed by the national-level Pakatan Harapan with the Federal Government earlier this year.

In their reform agenda, the opposition leaders has called for all parties in Sabah to work together to ensure that the rights of the people of Sabah are fought for in the best possible way.

Among others was the focus on the demand for the full realisation of rights of Sabah under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, and providing Sabah autonomy over matters of health, education, natural resources and transportation, among others.

With nine seats, Sabah Pakatan is not the main opposition in Sabah.

Parti Warisan Sabah led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, with 19 assemblymen, has shown interest in a formal bipartisan cooperation with GRS.

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