Oleh Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) will work closely with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in terms of fighting for state rights and the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63).
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said GBS, as a loose alliance, has agreed to join hands with GPS so that they will have one voice.
Dr Maximus who is the joint-president of the GBS said presently, five GBS MPs including himself representing Kota Marudu, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Keningau), Arthur Kurup (Pensiangan), Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis) and Datuk Zakaria Edris (Libaran) have aligned themselves with the independent side and sits together with the GPS MPs in Parliament.
“We plan to strengthen this. We are guided by them (GPS) in a way because they have 19 MPs and us five (at the moment),” he said.
The rest of GBS MPs are still sitting at the BN-Umno side, he said.
Dr Maximus was confident that the group would grow bigger once the GBS has been formalised by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
The application is expected to be submitted to the RoS by next month and that the proposed constitution had also been circulated to the coalition’s member parties.
He said this when met after the installation ceremony of the KDCA central committee members at the ITCC Grand Ballroom here last night. Dr Maximus was returned as one of the deputy presidents during the KDCA election recently.
Meanwhile, he said GBS would be holding its second meeting tomorrow (Saturday) to discuss common matters and further strengthen ties.
The meeting this time is expected to be chaired by Umno Sabah chief, Datuk Hajiji Noor.
GBS comprised of PBS, Umno Sabah, Star Sabah, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and several independent elected representatives.-SabahNewsToday