Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS eyes new Telupid seat

Beluran: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is eyeing to contest in Telupid – one of the 13 proposed new state seats – in the coming general election.

Describing the new seat as a cut-out from Labuk, a PBS stronghold that has been held by the party for the last three decades, party Acting President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili expressed confidence in winning the new constituency for Barisan Nasional (BN).

"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 PBS stronghold.

"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," Ongkili said to hundreds delegates attending the PBS Labuk's 32nd Annual General Meeting, here.

He stressed that should Telupid, which is among the 13 new seats pending to be gazetted by Parliament, is given to PBS, Ongkili assured 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 Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.

The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament thanked PBS members for standing strong with the party and fighting the struggles together.

"PBS is a multi-racial party which sets us different 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.

"A lot 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 copycat PBS (struggles)," he said.

Ongkili 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 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 Ongkili.

Source : dailyexpress