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PBS has substantial grassroots support in Kimanis: Dr Maximus

By Chris Maskilone

PAPAR: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is still in the process of compiling feedback from the grassroots before deciding to field its candidate in the Kimanis parliamentary by-election.

President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili, however, disclosed that so far it seems that PBS has substantial support from the Kimanis grassroots.

PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili posed for a group photo with the party’s leadership and members from the Limbahau, Membakut and Bongawan divisions.-SNT Pix/Credit PBS

“We are still getting feedback from the ground whether to contest or not.

“If we decide not to contest, PBS will support any political party who’s struggle is to protect the State rights as stipulated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as well as ensuring Sabah’s security and defend it from being populated by illegal immigrants,” he said.

“We call on all the opposition parties to unite and cooperate, and ensure win for us,” he said when met after officiating at the PBS Political Bureau Meeting in PBS Limbahau office, the party’s newest division here today.

Dr Maximus said based on initial feedback from the ground, many had expressed their concern against the implementation of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) next year.

“Based on the feedback from our representatives here today, they are dead against the PSS,” he said.

The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament, meanwhile, said that all of PBS’ 60 branches in Kimanis (30 each in Bongawan and Membakut) are ready for the by-election.

“I have instructed for all 60 PBS branches to be activated to prepare for the impending by-election.

“All the senior leaders of the party will also turun padang (go down to the ground), to visit these branches and conduct their respective annual general meetings commencing Jan 1 next year,” he said.

The Kimanis by-election will be on Jan 18 next year after the Federal Court earlier this month upheld the decision of the Election’s Court to declare the victory of Datuk Seri Anifah Aman who contested under Umno/BN ticket in the 14th General Election as null and void.

The court made the decision after ruling that the Election Commission had contravened the election law.

Anifah had already announced that he will not be re-contesting and that he was seeking legal remedy against EC’s failure to appeal.

At the same time, Anifah was also seeking a review on the Federal Court’s decision, which have yet to be heard.

The EC has fixed Jan 4, 2020 as Nomination Day. -SabahNewsToday