too proposing a power-sharing formula
28 September 2005 (Source: New Strait Times)
KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has proposed
that all state assemblymen decide on the political appointments
in their respective constituencies under a “power-sharing”
formula in Sabah.
proposal was unanimously adopted by some 600 delegates at
the party’s 20th congress here yesterday, a day after PBS
president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan called for equitable
power-sharing among Sabah Barisan Nasional’s nine component
feel this approach is worth considering as it provides a
more definitive approach to power-sharing among the parties,”
tabling the resolution, PBS Pitas division chief Ng Loi
Tect said the formula would see 70% of political appointments
in a state constituency filled by members of the party represented
by the assemblymen, while the remaining 30% would be filled
by those affiliated to other Barisan component parties.
Sabah Umno holds 32 of the 60 state seats, followed by PBS
with 13, Upko with five, SAPP with four, Liberal Democratic
Party with three, and the MCA and PBRS with one each. There
is one independent representative.
a Deputy Chief Minister, said the PBS proposal was not aimed
at taking away the chief minister’s prerogative in deciding
on the various political appointments.
Saturday, PBRS president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said there
was a need for a power-sharing formula in the state to ensure
that coalition parties did not feel left out.
a question, Pairin said he had no intention of stepping
down as the PBS president, a post he has held for two decades.