By THOMAS THAM
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) is willing to work with all Sabah-based opposition political parties as well as those headquartered in the peninsular.
Ramdi Indang, the PCS chief information officer in a statement Wednesday also clarified that they have not yet requested to join Pakatan Harapan, the peninsular-based opposition coalition.
Ramdi, who is also the party’s Kundasang division chairman, said PCS has perceived that given the current political scenario, no single opposition are in a position to topple the UMNO-led BN government on its own.
“It is therefore imperative that all opposition parties must sit together and come to an agreement to have an electoral alliance in order for the total regime change to be realized,” he said.
“We therefore look forward to the possibility that PCS and PKR will be in that equation together with all other like-minded opposition parties.”
Ramdi also said that PCS is willing to play a prominent and important role in facilitating a formal discussion among all the opposition parties in Sabah, including those currently in Gabungan Sabah (USA) the coalition which PCS pulled out from in April.
“Our position at this point in time is still guided by what our president, Wilfred Bumburing stated in his statement issued after the (PCS) Supreme Council meeting reached a decision to leave USA on April 28.
“He had stated, among others, “on the concept of forming an alliance [or an election pact] consisting of all opposition parties both Sabah-based and Peninsular-based, PCS fully subscribes to the main objective for a total regime change at Federal Level and at State level.”
Parti Warisan Sabah, headed by Semporna Member of Parliament, Shafie Apdal, has so far not stated its intentions as to whether they will work with other Sabah opposition parties, though they have indicated that they are open to working with Pakatan Harapan at national level.
Pakatan Harapan consists of Amanah, DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, the newest party headed by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad and ex deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.
Gabungan Sabah consists of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) led by Jeffrey Kitingan, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) led by Yong Teck Lee, Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (PHRS) by Lajim Ukin and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) headed by Arshad Abdul Mualap.