Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Three reasons PBS lost Tamparuli seat – Max

TAMPARULI: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) acting president Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili has lined up three main reasons why the party lost the Tamparuli seat in the last general election.

“One was the lack of coordination and solidarity among Barisan Nasional members, two – overconfidence, and third – the people fell prey to the misleading promises from the opposition.

“Otherwise, Tamparuli could have been a very winnable seat for PBS,” he said when officiating the party’s N9 Tamparuli 32nd annual general meeting at the Tun Hamdan Hall here yesterday.

Also present was Tuaran member of parliament Datuk Seri Madius Tangau, who is also United Pasok Momogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation acting president.

Describing Tamparuli as PBS’ traditional seat, he said that in the last general election, a total of 17,291 voters were registered, which could have been won comfortably by PBS, but was lost instead due to the three reasons.

Parti Cinta Sabah president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing, who was then fielded under the Parti Keadilan Rakyat ticket, won in the four-cornered fight with 6,823 votes, just 383 votes more than PBS candidate, Datuk Jahid Jahim.

“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.”

The Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister stressed that with good rapport with other Barisan Nasional component parties and better strategy, he is confident of recapturing the Tamparuli seat.

“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).

“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.

“They didn’t do anything when they still had the power and louder voice for the people. So why are they just doing it now? They are just around to confuse the people,” said the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament.

He reiterated that while BN is not perfect, it is still better than its opponents which have yet to have any good track records 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 concluded.

Source : theborneopost