KINABALU, October 12, 2016: The alliance of Sabah local parties, Gabungan
Sabah, will launch its charter next month as it prepares for the coming
general elections, said Gabungan chairman, Datuk Hj. Mohd Noor Hj. Mansoor,
in a statement issued at Kota Kinabalu today after the 15th meeting of the Gabungan Council.
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"This charter launch on November 20th at Kota Kinabalu follows the party
congresses of Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) on October 16th and Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) on October 23rd this month. Parti STAR has
already held its convention earlier. After the charter launch, several
youth camps will be organised to forge strong teams of campaigners
consisting of the 3 member parties at Keningau, Ranau and Kota Kinabalu.
Grass roots campaigns will be held far and wide at the constituencies that
are likely to be contested by Gabungan Sabah," explained Datuk Mohd Noor
who is a respected elder in Sabah politics.
Gabungan Sabah was formed in March 2015 consisting of local parties STAR,
SAPP and PCS together with NGOs like the APS (Angkatan Perubahan Sabah),
UBF (United Borneo Front), Sunduvan Sabah and MOSIK (Momogun Movement For
"The inaugural Sabah Day August 31 in 2015 held at Kundasang was its first
joint event followed by the meaningful September 16 Batu Sumpah ceremony
and ceremah at Keningau. These two iconic events were repeated this year
with greater success and the involvement of more and more NGOs. Gabungan
Sabah has since participated in several meaningful events like the Black
Sunday protests, Sabah ICs campaign and the June 6 Memorial organised by
NGOs," said Datuk Mohd. Noor.
"Over the last one year, Gabungan Sabah has successfully drawn up a single
Vision and Mission and the core struggles of the alliance which form the
basis of its joint manifesto for the coming elections".
"On its relationship with other local parties, Gabungan Sabah reiterates
its earlier announcement (on 19 July 2016 after its 12th Council Meeting)
to invite the co-operation of other local parties like the one to be
headed by Datuk Shafie Aqdal. We also invite the co-operation of the party
to be led by Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Hj. Ukin. In any case, Gabungan
Sabah will respect the choice of these new parties whether to join
Gabungan Sabah or not but we hope that the new local parties can see the
reality in forging a one-to-one fight against the Barisan Nasional and
Malaya parties" said Datuk Mohd Noor.