KOTA KINABALU, Aug 14 – Sabah Umno will cooperate with other opposition parties in the state to form a new opposition bloc in the state assembly known as Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS).
Sabah Umno liaison chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor in confirming this, said the coalition replaced Barisan Nasional (BN) at the state level after all local component parties left BN.
Umno however is still part of BN at the national level and would only be joining GBS to strengthen opposition pact in this state.
“The question of BN being dissolved does not arise, it remains as an entity, although it no longer exists in Sabah.
“Sabah Umno therefore joins the rest of the opposition namely Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) and other local parties,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the state assembly sitting today.
On who would be helming the new pact, Hajiji, who is Sulaman assemblyman, said the matter would be discussed with the heads of parties besides looking at the possibility of working with local Sarawak-based parties, after the bloc is registered.
Meanwhile Sabah Umno secretary Datuk Masidi Manjun said the main purpose of the new pact was to unite the opposition assemblymen in Sabah. The Karanaan assemblyman said his party thought about the necessity of registering the new bloc as an official opposition coalition.
Meanwhile, Star president, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said GBS was agreed upon by all opposition representatives who would look into registering it after forming its constitution and settling related matters in the nearest future.
“It will include former BN parties and former Gabungan Sabah (GS) parties such as Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP),” he said. Jeffrey however expressed hope that Umno assemblymen took into consideration that Sabah folks were no longer interested in the party as they wanted a local platform. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd