Sabah’s Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) ended with a whimper after its leaders announced that they would be leaving the party to be a full local coalition under Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS).
According to Bernama, Bersatu Sabah chairman Datuk Hajiji Noor said its leaders unanimously agree to leave the party after considering Malaysia’s current political landscape, particularly that of Sabah.
“This unanimous decision is in the interest of Sabah, for the sake of unity and to fulfil the rakyat’s wish and aspiration for us to fight and struggle under the auspices of a local party,” he said in a statement.
“Moving forward, we will form a new local party but in the meantime we will collectively be members of GRS.”
Hajiji added that GRS will pledge their full support to the Unity Government and are confident that the country will move forward with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership and wisdom.
GRS before this comprised of Bersatu, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and United Sabah National Organisation (USNO), cooperates with Barisan Nasional (BN) to administer Sabah.
Cooperation with Bersatu no longer justifiable
Hajiji explained that Bersatu Sabah’s leadership to leave Bersatu was due to their belief that the existing cooperation with the party is no longer justifiable.
“This is because at the federal level Bersatu is in the opposition while GRS has pledged support to the Unity Government led by Anwar,” he said.
“Sabah wants political stability and unity. We want to ensure momentum in Sabah’s growth and development and to see that Sabah prospers in accordance with the mandate given to us in the last elections (Sabah state polls).
Hajiji then reiterated that GRS is committed to working with Sarawak as the Borneo Bloc to voice out the people’s aspirations and see that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) would be fully implemented.
“We thank the president of Bersatu and chairman of Perikatan Nasional, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, for his leadership during our tenure as Bersatu members,” he added.