‘PBS Has Lost Control Of Its Grassroots; Would Be Wiped Out In GE14’

Maximus Ongkili at the PBS Tawau annual general meeting recently.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri (Anak Negeri) has chastised PBS for absolving itself of blame on the failure of the federal government to act on the report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah.

Henrynus Amin, the Anak Negeri president said PBS seems to have forgotten its own promises especially its ultimatum in 2012 to force the formation of the RCI on illegal immigrants.

In a statement, he said PBS leaders today are eerily quiet, evasive and seem to have abandoned efforts to pursue the federal action on the problem of illegal immigration and fraudulent identity cards.


Johnny Mositun, the PBS Secretary General, has earlier denied allegations that the federal government was insincere in implementing the recommendations of the RCI on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah.

Mositun has argued that the delay is due to the need for a comprehensive and effective plan of action to resolve a complicated problem that goes back several decades and that it was an inherited problem that doesn’t lend itself to any hasty or knee-jerk solution.

Henrynus said Mositun’s explanation on the matter was insincere, pathetic, seriously flawed and therefore unacceptable.

“PBS’ justification for federal inaction showed that they totally misunderstood the popular sentiments of the people of Sabah,” he said.

“Mositun’s statement clearly proved PBS has indeed reneged on its own promises and the party was only pretending to bark but has no intention to bite.”

He said PBS members and grassroots supporters all over Sabah are disappointed with the current leadership for their spineless response to federal inaction.

He said the truth is PBS has lost its direction and its existence no longer serves the purpose for which it was originally formed.

“PBS now is no longer the PBS we once know as it has forgotten itself and is now floating far out in the open seas without a steering wheel dictated mainly by the will of its political master.”

Henrynus reminded PBS members and grassroots supporters that PBS contested 13 DUN seats last election but lost 6 to the opposition.

He said even those PBS candidates who won seats actually won with a very slim majority due to opposition split votes, and except for one or two, the rest lost their popular votes.

He said PBS has lost control of its own grassroots and would be easily wiped out in the 14th general elections expected soon.