TAWAU: Talks that Parti Bersatu Sabah would leave Barisan Nasional and join the opposition was nonsense and the party will continue to fight alongside the present government.
Its acting president, Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said PBS remains loyal to the BN and will not leave the coalition party for the opposition.
“BN is not perfect but it still the best platform to help the people. The party has enough sincerity and good track record of the past.
“PBS wants to fight within BN to improve things that were not so good and to do more things. We have done well,” he told reporters here Friday.
Ongkili said joining the opposition would not be good for PBS since opposition leaders had held top posts as minister at state or federal and even as Chief Minister of Sabah but still failed to do a good job.
“Who wants to follow such leaders. What did you do when you were in power….. What did they do about the illegal immigrants, the MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).
“Now when jobless, you talk nonsense about the government,” said Ongkili who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, adding the present government is better and more consistent in helping the people and developing the country.
On Thursday at the Tawau Chinese Community Social Gathering dinner Ongkili said here is no need to ‘hire’ the Opposition to voice out grouses.
“We have so many other ways like the social network and the media. Plus, in any case, the government seldom hears the voice of the Opposition, but we listen to the voices and act on the demands of the grassroots,” he said.
Ongkili noted that PBS is the only truly multiracial party in Malaysia, and is stronger than any race-based parties.
“We fight for basic rights and needs of all races. We are practitioners of moderation.
Over 500 people from the Chinese non-government organisations attended the event.