PBS wants more Sabah parliamentary seats
PENAMPANG, Sept 6 (The Borneo Post) -- Party Bersatu Sabah
(PBS) urged the federal government and the Election Commission
(EC) to consider creating more parliamentary seats in Sabah
when reviewing the electoral boundary in the re-delineation
exercise next year.
Its chief information officer Johnny Mositun said this
is in order to create a more balanced representation in
parliament, proportionate to the ratio of members of parliament
(MPs) from west Malaysia.
“Sabah should get at least 10 new parliamentary seats as
well as more Sabah seats proportionately.
“Sabah’s voice will be heard louder in parliament with
more MPs representing the people to forward their grouses,”
he said at the party’s annual general meeting (AGM) held
at the residence of PBS Moyog chief, John Criso Masabal,
in Kampung Kolopis, Penampang here yesterday.
Also present were Masabal and other division leaders.
Mositun, who is also a deputy speaker at the state assembly,
said party president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan’s
advice to other Barisan Nasional (BN) component members
to refrain from making comments that goes against Sabahans’
interest and create unnecessary fear was most welcome.
“We fully support the president, including that the present
status quo must be maintained. Everyone have the right to
their views … but our stand is that it is important for
us to prioritise the locals first as we are lacking in opportunities.
We still demand what is right for the people of Sabah,”
he said. He also called on party members and supporters
in Moyog to remain steadfast with the PBS and the struggles
“At the moment, we do not have an elected representative
here but I’m sure the present representative will be more
than willing to assist PBS in Moyog,” he said.
He said the people must reject the opposition leaders because
it is clear that “they like to switch houses just because
they want to have a seat in the house.”
“They are ready to switch sides anytime they like just
because they want to contest in the election. There is no
need to look far to see, just look at Papar and Penampang.
“The opposition also likes to cheat people and keep them
guessing, just like the September 16 claim that they will
form the government - and they had been proven to be just
daydreaming,” he said.
Mositun nonetheless advised PBS members and supporters
to remain humble and loyal to BN.