Study needed on proposal to register GRS as official coalition, says Bung

KOTA KINABALU: The proposal to register Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) as an official political coalition requires in-depth study, says Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

The Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman said that while Sabah Umno and Barisan were open to the idea as suggested by Usukan assemblyman Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, various implications must be taken into account before it was implemented.

"It is his personal view (to register GRS).... but we are ready to discuss and look at the proposal," Bung said after launching the Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin Cup here Saturday (Nov 27).

“We need to analyse its pros and cons, and suggestions like these need to be thought through,” the Sabah Umno chief added.

Salleh, a former chief minister and federal minister, had recently said that it was best for the alliance to be officially registered to strengthen the coalition in Sabah.

GRS comprises four Barisan parties (Umno, MCA, MIC and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah), five Perikatan Nasional parties (Bersatu, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, Parti Progresif Sabah and PAS) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

In another development, Bung, who is also Sabah Football Association (SAFA) president, said there were discussions with the state government to get a piece of land near the Likas Stadium here to be developed as sports infrastructure for the association.

"We have planned to have our own stadium with good infrastructure. As such, we hope it can be realised,” he added.

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