KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) should have rejected the two assemblymen from Star to join the State Barisan Nasional (BN) after the 14th General Election (GE14) based on principle.
Upko legal bureau chief, Nelson Anggang said the matter arised since PBS Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili had raised the issue of principled politics in criticising Upko’s move to leave the coalition.
Dr Maximus in a statement had said that Upko’s move to ditch the BN was ”an unprincipled act.”
“Talking about showing principled politics to young politicians and if indeed PBS is a principled party they ought to reject the two Star assemblymen who decided to go against the wishes of the majority who had voted for them right after the GE14.
“We did not expect Star to betray the wishes of the Sabahans, really,” said Nelson.
“PBS even lost two of its seats to Star and now it is putting the blame on Upko for not being in government?” he asked.
Nelson said that when leaders are elected, they are expected to make the difficult and best decision for the people even when such decision may not first be appreciated.
“Principled leaders understand and respect the voices of the majority. Maximus should not pretend to be ignorant of the fact that BN did not win the election.
“It is a fact that the majority votes has rejected BN. It was a hung state assembly,” he said.
Nelson said Upko’s decision was a reflection of putting right what seems to be the betrayal of the voices of the majority and doing what ought to be done. r
On Dr Maximus’ statement that the BN did not lose in GE14 due to lack of political support but because of “political frogs” that he identified outright to be Upko.
Nelson said to put historical fact right, Upko then known as Parti Demokratik Sabah (PDS) was only formed after the fall of the PBS Government.
He said the PBS state government collapsed in 1994 because of three of its assemblymen defected to BN.
Towards this end, Nelson said the voices of Sabahans wanting for change in GE14 were deafening.
“This is a consensus decision by the supreme council of Upko to respect the voices of the people. It was obvious that the Sabahans have spoken, that they want change. Upko respects the decision of the Sabahans.”
He said Dr Maximus can say what he likes “but Upko’s decision has made it possible for the people to have the opportunity to start something a new.”-SabahNewsToday