Sabah Pakatan bemoan exclusion from district- and village-level posts

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's Pakatan Harapan members in northern Kota Marudu are unhappy over their exclusion from district- and village-level posts.

Sabah PKR leadership council deputy chairman Sazalye Donol Abdullah said that there were being ignored for any appointments at the Kota Marudu district level and this was contrary to the power-sharing agreement between Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and Pakatan.

He said the GRS government should adopt the 60:40 power-sharing formula under the unity government concept.

Sazalye, who is also PKR Kota Marudu division chief, said there were discussions over appointments for local councils, village development committees, community development leaders, village heads and native chiefs positions, among others in the district, but these were ignored.

He said that various appointments in the state constituencies of Matunggong, Bandau and Tandek under the Kota Marudu parliamentary constituency were from GRS, mainly members from its component party Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

"None of the members from component parties in Pakatan were included in recent appointments," he said.

Sazalye handed over a memorandum to Pakatan's Upko president Datuk Ewon Benedick to hold a discussion with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor about the need to be inclusive under the unity government.

"We are hoping that Ewon would highlight the issue to solve the issue of distribution of village-level positions fairly," he said after meeting with Ewon in Kota Marudu over the weekend.

Sazalyealso said that other PKR divisions have raised similar issues.

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