PBS To Adopt Batu Sapi Winning Formula To Triumph
In Next General Election
PENAMPANG, Nov 10 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu
Sabah (PBS) will adopt Barisan Nasional's (BN) "winning
formula" in the recent Batu Sapi parliamentary seat
by-election to secure a landslide victory in all allocated
seats for the party in the coming general election.
Its president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said there
were special ingredients including better rapport among
all the state BN component parties that needed to be emulated
to win the hearts and minds of the people.
"All the state BN components had worked hard as a
united team to ensure BN's victory and Deputy Prime Minister
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also went to the ground to lend
a hand in the by-election.
"I believe we can apply this formula to win all the
allocated seats for our party (PBS) including wresting the
Kota Kinabalu parliamentary and Sri Tanjung (in Tawau) state
seats from the DAP in the next general election."
He said this when opening the Wanita PBS and PBS Youth
conferences at Hongkod Koisaan, near here, today. Muhyiddin
is scheduled to open the main conference tomorrow.
BN retained the Batu Sapi seat when its candidate, Datin
Linda Tsen Thau Lin from PBS, polled 9,773 votes to beat
Ansari Abdullah of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Sabah
Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee by
a majority of 6,359 votes.
Tsen is the widow of the previous MP, Datuk Edmund Chong
Ket Wah of PBS, who was killed in a road accident on Oct
Pairin said this victory showed the growing confidence
of the people of Sabah in the leadership of Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, as well as the acceptance of
the 1Malaysia concept.
In this respect, he urged PBS Women and Youth delegates
to double their efforts in recruiting new members and to
strengthen their election machinery in anticipation of a
In the 2008 general election, PBS as one of the state BN
component parties, was allocated 13 state and four parliamentary
seats, but lost the Kota Kinabalu parlimentary seat and
Sri Tanjung state seat to DAP.
Pairin said PBS, which was formed about 25 years ago, would
continue to be vocal in fighting for the rights and interests
of the people and state, including issues related to the
perennial illegal immigrant problem, through the good relations
between the state and federal governments.
He said all the concerns voiced out by the PBS Women and
Youth wings at the delegates' conference would be taken
into account for common good.
Pairin said the party understood and acknowledged the role
of women in the political arena, adding that women formed
almost half of the electorate in the country.
He hoped that Wanita PBS under the leadership of Datin
Jamilah Sulaiman could help convince the women voters in
the state to rally behind BN in the next general election.
Earlier, PBS Youth chief Datuk Jahid Jahim urged its members
to work hard to help reorganise and strengthen the party's
presence in the SAPP-held constituencies such as the Likas
and Luyang state seats and Sepanggar and Tawau parliamentary
He hoped that with its strong presence, PBS would be given
the chance to field its candidates in these areas in the
13th general election.