BY BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU – Gabungan Sabah or United Sabah Alliance hopes to work together with yet-to-be registered local parties headed by one-time Umno strongmen, Dato’ Seri Haji Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Lajim Haji Ukin.
Gabungan Sabah chairman, Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Mansoor said however, it is up to Shafie and Lajim whether to join the coalition, and their decisions would be respected.
“But we hope that the new local parties can see the reality in forging a one-on-one fight against the Barisan Nasional and Malaya parties” said Mohd Noor, a former Berjaya minister.
Gabungan Sabah was formed in March 2015 and consists of local parties – STAR Sabah, SAPP and Parti Cinta Sabah – together with NGOs like the Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS), United Borneo Front (UBF), Sunduvan Sabah and Momogun Movement For Self Determination MOSIK).
In a statement Wednesday, after the 15th meeting of the Gabungan Council, Mohd Noor also disclosed that Gabungan Sabah, will launch its charter next month as it prepares for the coming general elections.
“This launch on November 20th in Kota Kinabalu follows the party congresses of PCS on October 16th and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) on October 23rd,” explained Mohd Noor who is a respected elder in Sabah politics.
STAR has already held its convention earlier.
“After the charter launch, several youth camps will be organised to forge strong teams of campaigners consisting of the three member parties at Keningau, Ranau and Kota Kinabalu.
“Grass roots campaigns will be held far and wide at the constituencies that are likely to be contested by Gabungan Sabah,” he added.
Mohd Noor added that over the last one year, Gabungan Sabah has successfully drawn up a single Vision and Mission and the core struggles of the alliance which form the basis of its joint manifesto for the coming elections.