Now PBS Sets Claim On New Seat Telupid, Also Eyed By UPKO, UMNO

Maximus Ongkili, left, with Labuk Assemblyman, Michael Asang. PBS says Telupid is their stronghold for the last 30 years and as such they can deliver the new state seat for the Barisan Nasional.

BELURAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah has set its eyes on the new state constituency – Telupid – which it claims falls smack into the party’s stronghold.

This seat however, is also being ‘claimed’ by another KadazanDusunMurut-based party, UPKO, as well as the UMNO, the dominant force in the Sabah Barisan Nasional.

But Dr Maximus Ongkili, the party’s acting president said since it was carved out mainly from the Labuk constituency, a PBS stronghold, it should rightly go to them, expressing confidence they would bag it for the BN.

“PBS has held on to Labuk for over 30 years,” he said to loud cheers from hundreds of delegates attending the 32nd annual general meeting of PBS Labuk, here, on Monday.

“Michael Asang, the incumbent assemblyman, had even won handsomely in the last general election with a majority of 4, 526 votes, which only proves that the area, including Telupid, is PBS’ stronghold.

Ongkili, left, leads PBS leaders  to a rousing sloganeering session.

“We have been here since 1985, and if any other (BN) component party would like to claim the seat, they must prove that they are stronger than PBS,” Ongkili added.

PBS is also said to be eying five other KDM-majority seats, among them Limbahau, where Johnny Mositun, the party’s secretary general has made no effort to hide the fact that he is the potential candidate there.

The other new seats are Bengkoka, Bandau, Pintasan, Pantai Dalit, Darau, Tanjung Dumpil, Tulid, Sungai Manila, Lamag, Segama, and Kukusan.

Apart from Telupid, UPKO is said to have staked its claim on Dambai, Mengaris and Bengkoka seats.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ongkili said PBS has drawn up a list of potential candidates, including young professionals.

Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said as a multi-racial party

The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament thanked PBS members for standing strong with the party, and fighting the struggles together.

Ongkili delivering his keynote address at the PBS Labuk division annual general meeting.

“PBS is a multi-racial party, which sets us different from other parties in the country. We are unique. The party has been consistent and persistent in defending the state and people’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) since its inception 32 years ago.

“A lot are saying that PBS has lost its glory and some opposition leaders even called us ‘toothless’, which is not true. In fact, new parties are just emerging and talking about MA63, claiming to be championing the people, when actually, they copycat PBS (struggles),” he added.

Ongkili said that some of these leaders held high positions in the government, from federal ministers to chief ministers and deputy ministers, but they did not do what they were supposed to do.

“Why are they just coming out now to beg for people’s support? Why didn’t they fight for Sabah and Sabahans rights when they still had the power? They had bigger voice then than now.

“Do not be enticed by their sweet promises. They have yet to prove their ability to run a government. BN may not be perfect, but it is still the best option for Malaysia,” said Ongkili.