Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS lays claim to new state seat Telupid

BELURAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is setting its eyes on the proposed new state seat, Telupid, which falls within the party’s stronghold area.

 Describing the new seat as a cut-out of Labuk, held by PBS for the last three decades, the party’s acting president, Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili, has expressed confidence in winning the new state constituency for Barisan Nasional.

“The incumbent assemblyman for N40 Labuk, Datuk Seri Michael Asang, had even won handsomely in the last general election with a majority of 4,526 votes, which only proves that the area, including Telupid, is a stronghold of PBS.

“We have been here since 1985, and if any other (BN) component parties would like to claim the seat, they must prove that they are stronger than PBS,” Maximus said to the hundreds of delegates attending the PBS N40 Labuk 32nd annual general meeting held here on Monday.

Maximus stressed that should Telupid, which is among the 13 new seats pending to be gazetted by Parliament, be given to PBS, he assures that it is a safe seat for BN.

The 12 other proposed new seats are Bengkoka, Bandau, Pintasan, Pantai Dalit, Darau, Tanjung Dumpil, Limbahau, Tulid, Sungai Manila, Lamag, Segama and Kukusan.

“We have a list of potential candidates, including young professionals. PBS has served the constituency well,” said the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister and Kota Marudu member of parliament who thanked PBS members for standing strong with the party and fighting the struggles together.

“PBS is a multi-racial party, which sets us differently from other parties in the country. We are unique. The party has been consistent and persistent in defending the state and people’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) since its inception 32 years ago.

“Many are saying that PBS has lost its glory, and some opposition leaders even called us ‘toothless’, which is not true. In fact, new parties are just emerging and talking about MA63, claiming to be championing the people, when actually, they are copying PBS (struggles),” he said.

Maximus added that some of these leaders were holding high positions in the government, from federal ministers to chief ministers, and deputy ministers, but they did not even do what they were supposed to do back then.

“Why are they just coming out now to beg for people’s support? Why didn’t they fight for Sabah and Sabahans’ rights when they still had the power? They had a bigger voice then than now.

“Do not be enticed by their sweet promises. They have yet to prove their ability to run a government. BN may not be perfect, but it is still the best option for Malaysia,” said Maximus.

Source : theborneopost