Yong: PCS pull out from Gabungan Sabah is a gift to UMNO
The PCS (Parti Cinta Sabah) pull out from Gabungan Sabah in April 2017 is a gift to UMNO because it is the greatest fear of UMNO if Sabah parties are united. UMNO knows that, in Sabah, Malaya-based parties cannot defeat the UMNO-led BN as shown in the last elections.
This is because Malaya-based parties are a merely mirror image of UMNO-BN. But if Sabah parties form a combined force, then UMNO can be defeated in Sabah because the most powerful weapon of Sabahans is the battle cry for Sabah rights and autonomy. And if UMNO is defeated in Sabah, then it loses its majority in Parliament. This is UMNO’s greatest fear. And therefore UMNO will try all its means to break up the unity of Sabah parties.
So, why did PCS pulled out from Gabungan Sabah of which it (PCS) was a founding member? It is because its president, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing is obsessed with becoming the Chief Minister. Unwilling to work hard and unable to accept other opposition parties into Gabungan Sabah, Datuk Wilfred took PCS into the wilderness and will end up on the wrong side of history as the person who split Sabahans.
It is an open secret that both Datuk Wilfred and Parti Warisan president Datuk Shafie Apdal aims to be the Chief Minister of Sabah. This is the key reason why PCS and Parti Warisan are not able match up with each other and with other parties.
In 2016, at the formative stage of Gabungan Sabah, which at that time had only three parties (PCS, STAR and SAPP), it was PCS vice-president, Datuk Kalakau Untol who was tasked with talking with Datuk Shafie who had been sacked as a federal minister. Datuk Shafie was on the verge of leaving UMNO. Datuk Kalakau informed us in Gabungan Sabah that Shafie’s new party, yet to be formed, was confident of winning 16 UMNO seats, mostly in the east coast of Sabah. For that 16 seats, Shafie wanted to be recognised as the incoming Chief Minister. I told Datuk Kalakau that if Shafie can beat UMNO in 16 seats, then the opposition can form the government and Shafie will be Chief Minister because his party would have the most number of seats among the four opposition parties.
At about the same time, Datuk Wilfred informed us (in Gabungan) that Tan Sri Ibrahim Menudin told him that, if Gabungan Sabah promises Shafie as Chief Minister, then “all problems with Gabungan can be overcome”. But Datuk Wilfred was unwilling to let go of his claim to the Chief Minister post. At the time, Datuk Wilfred was also gunning to become the “Ketua Pembangkang” so that if the Pembangkang wins the elections, then the “Ketua Pembangkang” becomes the Ketua Menteri. But Datuk Wilfred was played out by one other assemblyman who falsely promised to support him as Ketua Pembangkang to drive a wedge in Gabungan Sabah.
Two more local parties Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, led by Datuk Lajim Ukin, and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS), led by Dato Arshad Mualap, have joined Gabungan Sabah. It is the hopes of Sabahans that Sabah parties be united under one umbrella. The most effective strategy to defeat the Malaya tactic of divide and rule against Sabah parties is to unite under one Gabungan Sabah. The PCS way is to split the local opposition. That is PCS’s gift to UMNO.
Datuk Yong Teck Lee