BEAUFORT, SABAH – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) need to leave Barisan Nasional (BN) if it still wants to stay relevant in the Sabah’s political arena.
Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) Datuk Seri Lajim said PBS now appear to be sidelined by Barisan Nasional (BN) when many of its policies have been ignored until causing the party to lose its ‘fangs’
He said the situation is worsening when majority of the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut (KDM) communities nowadays are rejecting the party (PBS) compared to its solid support of before it re-joined BN in 2001.
“One example, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as the PBS President (before the Datuk Seri Dr Maximus J. Ongkili is the acting president) has been given the mandate as the Foreigners Management Technical Committee Chairman (JTP) in Sabah.
“But until now, no action has been taken on the reports of the Royal Commission Inquiry on presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah which should be brought by the JTP committee to Parliament or even to the State Legislative Assembly.
“This has totally embarrassed Pairin as an influential leaders as if he is an inside ‘puppet’ in JTP and I was made to understand from his secretary that he is not free when called for a meeting. What has happened to PBS when its main leader who is also the Huguan Siou is treated such manner by BN,” he said.
Lajim who is also Klias assemblyman said this when met at a meet-the-people session with Harapan Rakyat leaders in Mile 60 village here on Saturday.
He also called on the all KDM parties including PBS in Sabah to leave VN and join the Gabungan Sabah (GS) struggle.
He said this is necessary to safeguard the rights and interests of the people in Sabah in which have never been looked after by the BN leadership since the peninsula-based coalition set foot in Sabah.
“It would be better for all KDM Parties including PBS to quit BN and join GS…we can distribute the seats…it would be no problem.
“What important is that we must not be greedy on the issue who will be the Chief Minister because our struggle is to fight and defend for the Sabahans’ rights.
“But if we continue to argue and dispute who will become the Chief Minister or either who want the majority seats, then our goal could not be achieved. Therefore, the most important is that we must be united as our mission is only one that is to defeat Umno and BN government,” Lajim said.