By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – If the mighty Berjaya could fall to a virtually unknown Parti Bersatu Sabah in 1985, then all political parties in the State can remain confident of making yet another stunning upset at the polls.
Gabungan Sabah Chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansur said if the opposition parties and the people are united, then pulling off an upset over the ruling Barisan Nasional in the forthcoming general elections (GE14) cannot be discounted.
“When Sabah was ruled by Berjaya, everybody said that it was impossible to defeat them, but in the mid-80s, a newly formed opposition party called PBS inflicted a heavy defeat on them.
(Even the powerful chief minister then, Harris Salleh, was trounced by a political unknown in Kadoh Agundong, who was previously an information officer.)
“This shows that there is nothing impossible in Sabah if the opposition parties and the people are united,” he said at the Chap Goh Mei luncheon of the Gabungan Sabah at a restaurant, here, on Sunday.
Gabungan Sabah (or United Sabah Alliance) comprises of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Parti Harapan Sabah.
Mohd Noor was obviously speaking from experience as he was then Finance Minister, and he pointed out that the financial strength (of a political party) would not guarantee victory.
He said he would soon be calling a meeting to fine-tune the machinery and strategies of the opposition coalition.
In his speech, SAPP President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee said the Chap Goh Mei celebration which falls on the 15th day of the new Lunar year – the first full moon of the year, generally signifies a fresh beginning.
“For Gabungan Sabah and our partners, including activists, this is also a new era for the grand unity of Sabahans of diverse backgrounds to reclaim our rights, our position and our control of our beloved Sabah, a land of harmonious people of many cultures,” he said.
PCS President Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing who was also present in the occasion said his party as well as Gabungan Sabah are ready for the coming State election.
He nonetheless acknowledged that there is a need for the opposition coalition to fine tune their infrastructures so that they could win the election with bigger majority.
STAR President Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan said that the move to form the coalition is fulfilling the aspiration of the people of Sabah who yearns for unity.
He said there is no doubt that a united Sabah would definitely has a good chance of toppling the Barisan Nasional.