PCS Raring To Fight Sabah’s Rights; Willing To Work With All Opposition

Bumburing leads his party's battlecry at Sunday's launch in Kota Kinabalu. PCS claims to have 26 working divisions.
Bumburing, fourth left in foreground, leads his party’s battlecry at Sunday’s launch in Kota Kinabalu. PCS claims to have 26 working divisions. – BT photo by AbangAdik

KOTA KINABALU – “While Sabahans are united in their wish to have their rights championed, they want to see a united front from us,” said Parti Cinta Sabah president, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing Sunday.

“The rakyat want a ‘one to one’ fight and what happened in the 13th general election (where there were many multi-corned fights involving two or more opposition) should be a lesson to all,” he stressed.

Speaking at the official launch of his party, Bumburing said: “If we are not united, the rakyat will not support us and it will be repeat of the 13th general election. We cannot disappoint the rakyat in Sabah.

“I have always said that a party is as good as the leaders and the members that it has, as history has proven that no matter how ‘beautiful’ a party’s brand is, if its leadership is not in line with the aspiration and needs of the people, it will not get their support.”

PCS is prepared to work with all opposition parties – both state and federal – Bumburing

On this note, Bumburing who is Tamparuli Assemblyman said PCS is prepared to work with all opposition parties – both state and federal – as long as they understand the sentiments of the Sabah people.

He said PCS is already working with SAPP and Sabah STAR in Gabungan Sabah, which was earlier known as United Sabah Alliance (USA).

Shafie Apdal
Shafie Apdal

“And PCS, is also ready to work together with the parties that will be set up by former Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and former PKR Sabah chairman, Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin,” he said to loud cheers from the floor.

Lajim Ukin
Lajim Ukin

“We are also ready to work with peninsular-based opposition parties at national level, but they must remember the sentiments of Sabahans, and allow local parties to manage the state.”

In attendance were key opposition party members such as Lajim Ukin, Sabah Progressive party president, Datuk Yong Teck Lee and former Umno member Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, representing Shafie.

Several opposition assemblymen from Sarawak were also present to render their support.

Bumburing said the people are now demanding that the state’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 be met, and that most prefer a local based party to champion their rights

The year-old party, with 26 divisions in the state, has outlined nine main action plans in its campaign for Sabahans’ rights, including citizenship, land ordinances, agriculture, Goods and Services tax, civil services, local authorities, education, health and welfare.


In his speech, Bumburing also congratulated the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for uncovering massive graft in the state Water Department and expressed the hope that the investigations will lead to those responsible facing legal action.

And he quipped: “Sabah has touted by BN leaders to be their ‘fixed deposit. Now we know what this ‘fixed deposit’ is all about; , however it is not a deposit in the bank but in the office and house.”