KOTA KINABALU: The chairmen of five PBS branches from Matunggong, Kota Marudu together with their committee and ordinary members last Sunday announced ditching the party to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah.
The five branches are Kg Rita (headed by Maba Ris), Kg Merimbou (Monirap), Kg Buranik Silab (Basah), Kg. Andarason Sava (Jerry), Kg Sumangap (Mokuut) and Kg komiung (Mominpin Bokol).
They jointly handed over their application forms to join PKR Sabah in a “meet-the-people” session held in Kg Rita over the weekend.
Their applications were accepted by the PKR Kota Marudu branch chairman and deputy chairman, and witnessed by PKR Sabah Chairman Christina Liew. More than 220 villagers, a majority of whom were EX PBS members, attended the said meeting of the people session.
Also present were PKR Sabah deputy chairman Mustapha Sakmud, the vice chairman III Kenny Chua, director of election committee Ustaz Rahman Yacob, the chairman and deputy chairman of the PKR Kota Marudu branch Ustaz Kahar Abdul Rahman and Sazalye Donol.
The main reason given by these ex PBS branch chairmen and villages for leaving the BN was loss of confidence in the leadership of PBS, claiming that their welfares were not looked after over the years by their respective elected representatives.
Besides this, they were also dissatisfied with some of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government policies such as implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the removal of subsidies for essential consumer items which had greatly impacted on their lives, as explained by these village heads.
“These ex PBS branch chairmen thus opined that it is time for change of the government and they vowed to do their best in the coming state election to make sure that a “change” will be materialized in Matunggong,
“One of the branch chairmen, Buranik Sulah who was an ex official of the Native Court, said he had studied the background of PKR and recognizes it as a true multiracial party. He believed PKR will be fair for the people if elected into as the next government,” Liew related.