PCS upbeat on ability to strengthen Sabah ruling coalition


KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) can play a major role in strengthening the ruling state Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition, says Tan Sri Anifah Aman.

Addressing delegates during PCS' quadrennial general conference in Penampang on Sunday (June 23), the party president acknowledged there were challenges before it joined GRS but affirmed the party's commitment to Sabah's political stability and its people's rights.

"Despite cynical media reports and external unease, our entry into GRS is crucial for strengthening Sabah's political landscape with local parties at the helm," he said.

Anifah stressed that the unity and cooperation among GRS component parties would enhance its credibility and create a louder voice for Sabah's aspirations and rights.

"PCS is committed to serving the people and fighting for Sabah's rights, particularly the full implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as enshrined in the Federal Constitution," he added.

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Anifah also underscored the importance of economic, educational, health and infrastructure advancements, stressing that these could only be achieved if Sabah's rights under the Federal Constitution were fulfilled.

He reiterated the need for Sabah to receive 40% of federal revenue collected in the state, which would significantly boost local development projects, and praised the Sabah government's decision to implement the party-hopping law among elected representatives.

The Sabah Invest chairman also mentioned plans to bring foreign universities to Sabah, providing quality education opportunities for local youths and ensuring scholarships for deserving students.

He commended the government's programmes to train and employ hardcore poor youths, a two-pronged effort to eradicate poverty and create job opportunities.

As PCS prepares for the state election due in October next year, Anifah called on party members to strengthen its machinery and support GRS.

He urged delegates to elect experienced and committed leaders at the conference to ensure the party's continued success and influence in Sabah's political landscape.

"We must uphold the 'Sabah First' principle to ensure that local parties govern Sabah for the benefit of future generations.

"Our unity and dedication today will determine our success and prevent future disappointments," he said.

PCS, founded in 2013, was accepted into GRS last month.

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