Tenom: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Melalap chief, Radin Maleh said that the party’s 30-year track record has been good, as quoted by Daily Express, in the party’s annual meeting in Melalap.
Radin, the party’s Vice President, said despite that he is aware of some negative perceptions on the party and allegations that PBS has lost its prowess and failed to achieve its objectives.
Radin stressed that the inception and achievements of PBS in 1985, having won a landslide victory in the state’s General Election and subsequently headed the State Government, were due to strong support from the multiracial community.
“The government’s policies then were not in line with the people’s aspiration which was why it was rejected by the people who shifted their support to PBS.
“We admit many PBS members were influenced by perceptions spread by those who were against PBS then… and eventually they joined other parties.
“These group of people jumped ship with high hopes for personal gains and not to defend the people or the state’s interests… and this is apparent before and also during the 13th General Elections,” he said.
But Radin said, the people’s support is not wasted as the Federal Government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak formed the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah in 2012, and also established the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) and Esscom in 2013.
Furthermore, he said, Putrajaya had also accepted PBS’ proposal to declare Sept 16 as a public holiday nationwide in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
“The proposal was submitted by the party’s president himself to the leadership of Barisan Nasional (BN) in 2008.” Radin said, eventually the proposal came to reality after Najib became the Prime Minister in 2009.
Meanwhile, the party’s Presiden who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, urged the people, especially PBS members to remember the party’s fight since its formation to defend the people and build a better future, saying that “this should be the focus of our fight.”
PBS pulled out of the Barisan National coalition on the eve of July 1990 state election and remained as opposition before rejoining the BN coalition in 2002, in the midst of weakening state-wide support.
The party was a blatant critics to the BN-led Federal Government while in opposition but dramatically soften its overtone and attitude after joining the coalition again.
– Bobohizan Press.