20th March, 2017
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) called for the establishment of a single alliance for all the opposition parties in Sabah, both the peninsula-based and Sabah-based, to face the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the coming general election.
“Gabungan Sabah or USA must come to a realisation that alone it can’t win enough seats to topple the BN government and form a new government if it is serious enough to go for regime change.
“We can’t deny the fact that peninsular-based PKR and DAP have managed to established themselves in Sabah due to the absence of a formidable Sabah-based opposition parties for a number of years and they both managed to win some seats during the previous GE13. We need to respect their current position,” said PCS president, Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing.
In a statement issued here yesterday, the Tamparuli Assemblyman also acknowledged that Sabah-based opposition parties need to recognised and respect that newly-formed Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) led by former UMNO vice president Dato Seri Shafie Apdal, which have to date managed to gain momentum among the vast majority of Sabahans.
“It is therefore on the basis of this and on the common objective for total regime change both at State and Federal level that all the opposition parties, Sabah-based and Peninsular-based, to form one single alliance of political parties to face the BN in the coming GE14,” said Bumburing.
While noting that this alliance may not be able to reach a consensus on the use of a common symbol, he nonetheless opined that its members can always reach an agreement that their respective party symbol be used by one common candidate to represent all the opposition parties, for as long as they are sincere towards each other.
Besides this, he also stressed that it is important that leaders of any of the opposition parties who have, in the past, associated themselves, or may still be, with any leaders from BN under the guise of fighting for Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and other related issues, must disassociate themselves from these BN leaders.
“History has taught us that fighting for Sabah’s rights would be futile struggle under this present government.
“This is the only way the opposition parties in Sabah can unite together to position ourselves as single force to face the BN and to avoid disappointing the vast majority of the opposition sympathisers and supporters who are depending upon us as having one common platform as we moved forward to change this government for the better in the coming GE14,” he concluded. – By Michael Teh