Why the need for Sabah opposition leaders to form GBS, asks Lajim

MOHD IZHAM UNNIP ABDULLAH

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) is questioning the relevance of opposition leaders in the State in forming Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) to replace Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN). President Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin said the bloc had strayed from the struggles of local parties which reject cooperating with parties from the Peninsula. The setting up of GBS as voiced by Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, is not in line with Harapan Rakyat’s stance of not teaming up with parties from outside, specifically Umno. “We have Gabungan Sabah (GS) before this consisting of Harapan Rakyat, Star and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) but my party (Harapan Rakyat) left the pact when Jeffrey wished to work with Umno after the 14th general election (GE14). “To me if we want to empower local parties, even the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) which is govering the state now, is a local party, So why the need to form a new alliance and work with Umno?” he said when contacted by NSTP. He said this when asked to comment on GBS being formed with the aim to have a united opposition in the state assembly, namely those from Umno, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Star and several independent assemblymen. Lajim said he would take the ‘wait and see’ approach on the new pact and questioned who will be leading it as Umno assemblymen out-numbered the rest. He said the present state government led by Warisan and Pakatan Harapan (PH) must be given a chance to prove themselves after being given the mandate during the election. On the 100 day achievement by the Warisan-PH alliance, he said two major steps had been taken by the state government - in handling logging and foreign workers issues. Ends.

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