October 23, 2016: Newly registered Parti Warisan Sabah, and the yet-to-be
announced Parti Harapan, will have to deal with the United Sabah Alliance
(Gabungan Sabah) to work out an opposition pact for the coming 14th
Leaders of Gabungan Sabah partners Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), Sabah STAR
and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) made it clear Sunday that they would
not deal individually outside the coalition.
If any of the new local parties want to work with us, it must be through
the alliance, Bumburing, who is PCS president, told reporters at a press
conference held after the opening of the SAPP congress here Sunday.
We (Gabungan) have worked for two years together. We cannot sacrifice
that to any new player. They have to respect our unity if they want to
work with us, Bumburing who is also Tamparuli assemblyman, said.
Sabah STAR is under Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan while SAPP is headed by
Datuk Yong Teck Lee, a former Chief Minister.
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The three leaders stand together comes amid political talk that Warisan
president Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal was seen keener to forge relationships
with a certain political party within Gabungan Sabah, but not work
together with alliance as a whole.
Parti Harapan is to be led by former Sabah PKR chairman, Datuk Seri Lajim
Hj Ukin, though there is no news yet as to when that party will be
At the same press conference, Yong revealed that Gabungan Sabah would be
launching its joint charter on Nov 20 in efforts to intensify their
groundwork in areas they will be contesting in the coming elections.
He said that the new emerging local parties created by those leaving
peninsular based parties was a good sign, but if for some reason they are
not keen to work with Gabungan Sabah, they would be cooperation with the
SAPP together with our alliance partners, would continue to extend our
hands of friendship and partnership to the new political parties, he
Dr Jeffrey said that the national opposition political parties should
leave Sabah parties to regain the state from the Barisan Nasional in the
spirit of 1963 Malaysia agreement and USA would support them at the
Shafie, who has yet to make any serious formal or informal approaches to
party leaders under Gabungan Sabah, which has led to speculation that the
he plans to head into the coming elections with Warisan plus one other
USA chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor, who was in Semporna when Shafie
announced his resignation from Umno in July, said that there were some
discussions but nothing was committal. - BorneoToday