KIULU: Barisan Nasional remains strong in Sabah, and if elections are to be held next month, the coalition will still win handsomely.
But Parti Bersatu Sabah acting President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili stressed the key prerequisite is for Sabah BN component parties to stay intact and work closely together to deliver another solid win.
“The BN State Government has done enough good deeds for the people of Sabah, whether in economic development or physical infrastructure.
“Sabah BN has also maintained security of the state and its people, despite the many challenges including the incomplete resolution with the illegal immigrant issues,” said Ongkili when addressing to 500 PBS division and branch chiefs, as well as local leaders, at the PBS Meet-The-People session, here, Sunday.
He also reiterated that for BN to remain strong, the component parties views and stand on matters affecting Sabah must be respected and taken into account by the leading component party.
“As I have said before, no single party can win Sabah on its own, not even Umno, without the support and cooperation from other component parties,” the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister stressed.
He said in a recent discussion with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak regarding the role of PBS, both outgoing party president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Ongkili have pledged full and continuous support and loyalty to the BN.
“But I also stressed room must be given to PBS to be vocal internally and externally on matters affecting the state and Sabahans.
“We can give flowers where flowers are due on the good deeds that have been done (by BN), but we must admit that there are other matters that we have not satisfactorily delivered such as issues on illegal immigrants, implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) and equitable distribution of political benefits.
“PBS has also voiced unhappiness regarding issues on recruitment and promotion in the civil service, as well as distribution of State and Yayasan Sabah scholarships.
“We need a transparent power sharing formula that cuts across the civil service, political appointments in statutory boards and government corporations, as well as political administration in district levels,” said Ongkili.
He stressed that they have raised these matters to strengthen BN so regain confidence of the rakyat to run Sabah and Sabahans professionally.
“Keep in mind and be reminded that PBS is a multI-racial party, and we support all races in the state.
“We are represented across the state, and when we unite this multi-racial party, with the support from the KadazanDusunMurut, the Bumiputera Muslims and Chinese supporters, we are stronger than any other race-based parties,” Ongkili said, stressing that PBS is not a pushover party.