TAMPARULI – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is confident of recapturing the Tamparuli state seat in the coming 14th general election with better strategy and good rapport with the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, said its acting President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
“Realising our weaknesses in the last election, I believe we need to work harder to ensure we, as well as the voters, do not repeat the mistakes.
“Of course this will not happen without hard work, so go down to the grassroots and activate our election machinery – collaborate with other (BN) component (parties),” he said when openng the party’s Tamparuli division 32nd annual general meeting at the Tun Hamdan Hall, here, today.
Also present was Tuaran Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, who is also United Pasok Momogun Kadazan Dusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) acting president.
Describing Tamparuli as PBS’ traditional seat, Ongkili, who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said that in the last general election, there were 17,291 registered voters in Tamparuli, which could have been won comfortably by PBS.
He said the three main reasons the party lost the Tamparuli state seat in the last general election were due to a lack of coordination and solidarity among BN members, overconfidence and the people who fell prey to the misleading promises from the opposition.
“Do not fall prey to the opposition’s misleading and lucrative promises again. These leaders were with the government before, so whatever they are saying now is nothing new,” he said, adding that the former BN leaders now in the opposition never exercised their power for the people when they held positions in the government.
Ongkili said that although BN was not perfect, it was still better than the opposition that had yet to have any good track record to refer to.
“BN will continue to fight for the people and PBS, as a multiracial party, which makes us unique from other parties, will work hard to ensure Sabahans and Sabah’s rights, as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963, are protected,” he added.