By Chris Maskilone
PENAMPANG: PBS Kiulu has suggested that the party spearhead the formation of a solidarity council (Majlis Permuafakatan) with the opposition parties namely Star and PBRS.
Debating the president policy speech at the party 34th Congress in Hongkod Koisaan here Saturday, a PBS Kiulu delegate, Kumin Gabpai said the move was necessary since Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) has yet to be registered.
He cited that it was to foster better understanding and political cooperation.
“Based on feedbacks from the ground shows they yearn for the three parties to work as a team to win as many seats in the next general elections,” he said.
Kumin also said undoubtedly PBS is a strong party, but that parties like Star also has its strength.
“Imagine how formidable we are if we combine our strength and resources if we cooperate and work together,” he said, citing the GE14 result for Kiulu as an example in which PBS-BN garnered 4,336 votes while Star 2,457 votes.
Delegates from other divisions have echoed the same sentiment such as Matunggong who expressed confidence that PBS would be able to win many state and parliamentary seats in the next elections if the three parties work together.
Another from Sook said should PBS, Star and PBRS contested against each other in the coming election it will only hurt their chances of winning and end up with nothing.
In last general election, a similar council was formed between the three main parties representing the KDM namely PBS, PBRS and Upko.
Following the fall of the Barisan Nasional government, PBS had initially formed GBS, an informal grouping with Umno Sabah, Star and PBRS.
The formalisation of GBS seemed to have hit a wall after almost all of Umno Sabah people’s representatives left the party to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
PBS President Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili has been reported as saying that PBS would be staying out of GBS for the moment.-SabahNewsToday