power with others in Umno-controlled areas
PAPAR, April 30 (Daily Express) -- Parti
Bersatu Sabah (PBS) attributed the Barisan Nasional (BN)
among the multi-racial people that has been proven once
again in the Ijok by-election.
"The Ijok by-election is a classic example of the
BN power sharing and consensus concept where the candidate
chosen by the top leadership to represent the Malay-dominated
constituents was from the minority Indian community," said
PBS Chief Information Officer, Johnny Mositun.
Speaking at the PBS Pantai Manis annual general meeting
at Kampung Surapit, here Sunday, Mositun who is also the
division chief said he had together with other PBS leadership
lend a hand in the BN's campaign in Ijok and personally
saw how the coalition's power sharing concept was able
to bring the people of different ethnics closer.
BN candidate from MIC, K. Parthiban defeated the Parti
Keadilan Rakyat candidate, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim
by a 1,850 majority on Saturday to retain the Ijok State
seat in Selangor that was vacated following the death of
its assemblyman, Datuk K. Sivalingam.
PBS actually never have had the opportunity to experience
power sharing before since the party had
governed the State "alone" during its era.
"And now when we are back in the BN, we can see the
coalition giving opportunity to a leader to represent the
people in the constituency where his community is not the
majority," he said.
In this respect, he said from Papar up to Sipitang PBS
was considered a minority because constituencies in these
areas were represented by Umno leaders.
circumstances, he said perhaps it would be wise that "at least one or two" appointments
be considered for other component parties in the constituencies
in respect of the power sharing concept emulating the BN
top leadership spirit in Ijok.
Also, he said there was still no indication of component
parties like PBS can have any say on the distribution of
the development fund allocation by the respective elected
"I urge members in Pantai Manis to be patient on
this," he said, adding that PBS was still waiting
for a piece of the cake from the elected representatives'
he called on the PBS members to render their cooperation
to other component parties because "we
always believe that whatever problem can be resolved by
the leadership through roundtable discussion".
On the statement by opposition, Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Sabah deputy chief, Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan on their
intention to bring the problem of the issuance of ICs to
illegal immigrants in Sabah to the courts, Mositun welcomed
their move since the matter need action from all.
Noting that the matter had been stated many times by Dr
Jeffrey, he said it is the concerned of everyone in Sabah
not only Keadilan as even NGOs like Cash, which should
be concentrating on consumerism making statements on it.
"We welcome any move that leads to the solution or
heading towards finding effective solution because it is
the concern of everyone," he said.
Meanwhile, Mositun urged the authorities to look into
the reports received by PBS that many Pakistanis were conducting
illegal money lending activities in the district.
"We have received reports that the Pakistanis have
become Along in Papar market. They are seen moving high
and low carrying the "555" books containing names
of debtors and they are believed to be collecting the instalment
of the debts on a daily basis," he said.
Also in attendance were PBS vice president, Rakam Sijim
who chaired the meeting, Kawang division chief, Mecharle
M. Dibang, Kiulu division chief, Sindin Ranggangon and
central Youth assistant secretary, Hock Sing Kilin.
the AGM later gave Mositun a surprise 50th birthday party.