Sabah Bersatu is still strong, says its info chief

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in Sabah is not weak or riding on Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s (GRS) back, says the state Bersatu information chief Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan.

He said it was not right to say that Bersatu was hiding behind GRS’ because Bersatu was moving in line with GRS.

"It makes us quite disappointed and sad to be called weak. Bersatu is part of the GRS coalition in Sabah and we are working as a team," he said in a statement on Saturday (July 2).

Khairul Firdaus said GRS was a brainchild of the parties involved in the coalition, and those who were unclear about how they work should not simply say things.

“Politics in Sabah had our own directions and ways of doing things.

"Therefore anyone outside Sabah especially those who do not understand how politics here work should refrain from belittling us," he said, and hoped that there would not be any parties or individuals trying to pour fuel to the fire to cause disunity and fights among component parties in GRS.

Khairul Firdaus said Sabah Bersatu and GRS were strong, while their relation with Barisan Nasional was stable.

He added that GRS had been planned for prior to the 2020 Sabah election, and the coalition was officially formed after that with the new state government.

Umno leaders in the peninsula including Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan had said that Bersatu in Sabah was getting weaker, and only riding on GRS’ name to survive.

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