KOTA KINABALU: It paints a grim picture to see PBS leaders spinning tales of their history and falling heads over heels trying to shore up support with their events and dinners now that the 14th general elections is round the corner.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Information Chief Jeffrey Kumin, responding to news reports of PBS leaders harping on the party’s original struggles for Sabah rights said the PBS of today is no longer the party of 1985.
“It is now weak and powerless and subservient to Umno. Its voice is muted and has lost the appetite to fight for Sabah rights any more with many of its leaders in comfort zones,” he said in a statement.
Kumin claimed PBS is unable to act to stop the wanton and unwarranted takeover of native customary lands and the destruction of native houses and their crops and livelihood.
“They have also lost their focus on the mixed natives as well as the Chinese and other communities. Having dinners because the election is coming will not bring back their support,” he pointed out.
According to Kumin, despite the findings of the Royal Commission on Illegal Immigrants released in December 2014 that there were ICs and citizenships given to foreigners not in accordance with the law and the entry of ineligible foreigners in the electoral rolls, PBS has shown little in overcoming the illegal immigrants problem.
This is despite their former president Joseph Pairin Kitingan having headed the RCI Technical Committee, he said.
“Their inability is tantamount to condoning the evil change of Sabah’s demography by their Malayan political masters.”
He further stated that the party has not done anything to show in helping restore Sabah as an equal and autonomous partner in Malaysia.
“It has also done nothing to stem and stop the Malayanization and Melayunization of Sabah or the turning of Malaysia, which Sabah helped form on the basis of freedom of religion, from a secular State into an Islamic nation.
“It was not surprising in PRU-13, PBS lost 7 of its 14 State seats. It would have lost several more including those seats now held by the President and Deputy President, if not for a fragmented opposition,” Kumin added.
Despite the brave front put up by the leaders and events, it is abundantly clear that PBS can no longer fight for Sabah and Sabah rights.”
“It has now descended and morphed into a paper tiger, toothless and powerless. It is now subservient to Umno and unable to act on its own.”