By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah has pulled out of Gabungan Sabah (or United Sabah Alliance) to work with like-minded opposition parties in toppling the Barisan Nasional government.
PCS president Wilfred Bumburing said the party’s Supreme Council was unanimous in their opinion that parties within Gabungan Sabah are not united in the quest for aregime change, with some members wanting to have political cooperation only after the GE14.
“PCS decided that we can’t achieve the intended cooperation with other parties when there is no unity,” Bumburing told a press conference Friday evening.
“After much deliberation and discussion, it was unanimously decided that it would be in the best interest of PCS, its members and the people of Sabah who really want to see a regime change that PCS stand on its own and therefore leave USA.”
Bumburing who is also Tamparuli State Assemblyman said PCS now hopes for a grand opposition alliance which would include Parti Warisan Sabah as well as Pakatan Harapan and even Gabungan, if they (USA) wanted to.
He added there are opposition parties outside of Gabungan who are reluctant to sit down with its leaders; and at the same time, there are leaders in USA who are reluctant to sit and talk to the other parties outside of the alliance.
According to Bumburing, the only way to bring down the BN coalition at both state and national level was to have a united opposition.
FULL STATEMENT BY WILFRED M BUMBURING
Today, April 28, 2017, the Supreme Council Members of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) had our scheduled regular meeting. This SC meeting was first scheduled to be held on April 20, 2017 but postponed to today.
Besides the usual items in our agenda, on the request of the members of the supreme council we set aside ample time to discuss current political issues that affect PCS and its members, especially its participation in the Gabungan Sabah or United Sabah Alliance (USA) that marked a pivotal point in our political existence.
After much deliberation and discussion, the Supreme Council members unanimously decided that it would be in the best interest of PCS, its members and the people of Sabah who really want to see a regime change that PCS stand on its own and therefore leave USA. In their deliberation, the Supreme Council agreed that:
PCS should and must play a prominent and important role in facilitating a formal discussion among all the opposition parties in Sabah, including those currently in USA, on the concept of forming an Grand Alliance consisting of all opposition parties both Sabah-based and Peninsular-based.
PCS fully subscribed to the main objective for a total regime change at Federal Level and at State level. With that as the main objective, and with the current state of affairs within USA, USA alone will not be able to achieve that objective.
There are opposition parties outside of USA who are reluctant to sit down with USA leaders; and at the same time, there are leaders in USA who are reluctant to sit and talk to the other parties outside of USA.
The PCS Supreme Council members are unanimous in their opinion that parties within the USA are not united in the quest for regime change; some wanting to have political cooperation only after the GE14. PCS decided that we can’t achieve the intended cooperation with other parties when there is no unity.
PCS, as a multi-racial KDM-based party, we have to focus a common struggle for the KDM community while at the same time open up our doors wide in our cooperation with other genuine Sabahan for our common good.
In our series of road-shows, “jelajah,” seminars and training session, we received feedback that a wide section of our KDM communities throughout Sabah feel that there are side-lined and disunited in several political lineage.
They also felt that the KDM leaders in the ruling parties are not doing enough to protect the interest of the community. Therefore they are urging for a single unifying party of their own to unite the community.
We have people in our KDM communities whose interest and wellbeing have been neglected; in many cases their right to land ownership under the Native Customary rights have been ignored and there’s even a case where our traditional and cultural laws have been trampled upon by certain individuals within the powers that be.
A good case is the refusal of the Native Court in Keningau in hearing a case brought to it by a native. Many members of the community feel that the PTI (illegal immigrants) or the ‘new citizens of Sabah’ are better treated.
PCS also is committed in struggling for the total restoration and fulfilment of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. We take note that the leaders of DAP had taken the stand to support our struggle for MA63.
The supreme council members had urged the party leadership to address the quest of the people for a regime change and to jointly form a Sabah government headed by Sabah party.
This decision made today also reflect the wishes of our grassroots members who wish to see a strong and untied opposition front, free from any outside influence.
Wilfred M Bumburing, President, Parti Cinta Sabah