confident of retaining 17 seats if allowed to re-contest
Tuesday, 3 February 2004
(Source: New Straits Times)
Parti Bersatu Sabah has given the assurance that it will
deliver all 17 State seats it won in the 1999 state election
if it is allowed to re-contest the seats.
PBS president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the
confidence of retaining the seats for the BN was based on
increasing support since the party rejoined the coalition
The PBS won the
17 seats when it was in the opposition.
closing a one-day election work camp for the Melalap and
Kemabong division near here, Pairin said a landslide victory
was necessary to ensure a strong BN government.
In the light
of positive development and economic recovery, Sabahans
has every reason to vote for the BN under leadership of
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
assurance that his administration would not have two sets
of rules for Muslims and non-Muslims reinforced popular
belief that he would be fair to all Malaysians, he said.
the PBS fully subscribes to the BN struggles and principles,
Pairin said the PBS has never rejected the BN concept although
the party left the coalition in 1990.
returns are both acts of patriotism demanded by circumstances
and love for country," he said.
Pairin, who was
Sabah's Chief Minister from 1985 to 1994, said PBS decided
to rejoin the BN because the BN leadership was now more
responsive to the people.
Citing an example,
Pairin said the Election Commission recently announced the
removal of 50,000 of the 71,000 dubious names in the electoral
rolls pointed out by the PBS.
of the dubious names from the electoral rolls has vindicated
PBS for its stand and untiring efforts to highlight the
problem," he said.
Pairin said was the successful state-wide Ops Nyah II operation
to flush out illegal immigrants and recently reducing of
parking rates in Kota Kinabalu.