Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

No problem winning back Matunggong seat: PBS

MATUNGGONG: Parti Bersatu Sabah is confident in recapturing the seat here – minus the saboteurs from within the party and others.

Stressing that Matunggong had always been a winnable seat for PBS, its Deputy President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili disclosed that members must now work extra hard to win the voters' hearts and trust.

"Playtime is over. I believe we can recapture Matunggong if everyone work hard, with the supporters' support, and no saboteurs from both within PBS or other Barisan Nasional component parties," he said when launching the PBS Matunggong Division annual general meeting, here, Tuesday.

He said Matunggong is the only true Kadazandusun Rungus constituency, and has been PBS' traditional seat since three decades ago, even when the party was in the opposition.

"We, unfortunately, lost the seat in the 13th general elections and based on analysis, it was caused by fighting within the party and sabotage by members of BN component parties.

"As a result, the seat fell into the hands of the opposition. The last four years have been a challenging period for the constituents as they do not have a government representative in the State Government," he said.

Luckily, the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament added that the constituents have a government MP who continues to bring development so Matunggong is not left behind from progressing forward with other districts in Malaysia.

"There's a big difference when you don't have an assemblyman from the ruling party to speak for the people and demand for development funds from the State Government.

"But I am sensing a major change in attitude among the people…there's great desire and commitment from the PBS Division here to return the seat to BN. The current assemblyman cannot help the people," he said.

Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister reminded the people, and PBS members, to learn from mistakes and avoid from repeating their wrongdoings.

"Put the party's interest first. Don't worry about who will be fielded in the next election.

For now, what's vital is for all members to stay united and be close to the grassroots so we can guarantee the seat returned to BN," Ongkili stressed.

In the last election, PBS' Sarapin Magan garnered 6,627 votes, 320 votes behind Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Datuk Jelani Hamdan, who later quit PKR. 

Source : Daily Express