First step to winning Sabah
Published on: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is the only party that does not have a presence in Sabah yet. But this has not deterred it from looking into the interests of the several hundred thousand Sabahans, mostly bumiputras, in Peninsular Malaysia, for a start.These Sabahans over there now have a platform – Pertubuhan Kinabalu Bersatu (PKB) – to seek help and voice out their problems, following its soft launch in Shah Alam, recently.

Its Chairman Adzmi KK Juatan, a Sabahan, said PKB was formed as a special platform for the people of Sabah who have migrated to the peninsula and are currently working or staying there with their spouses and children.

He said PKB's main objective is to render welfare assistance to Sabahans in the whole peninsula in terms of employment, education and social aspects.

"There are many Sabahans staying in the peninsula where I believe majority of them are working to enjoy better salaries and perks while the rest have married and decided to stay there.

"I also heard about the problems and issues faced by our fellow Sabahans where several have become vagrants or homeless as well as being exploited by their respective employers, among others.

"Hence, PKB was established for our fellow Sabahans in the peninsula, to address the problems they are facing and do our best to look for resolutions, including covering their airfare to return to Sabah, if necessary," he said.

He added that PKB was registered with the Registrar of Society (RoS) and had been issued with a certificate on Oct 2, this year.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Express here Wednesday, Adzmi said PKB is also willing to look after the welfare of Sabahans in the peninsula by acting as a platform to disseminate information for job seekers, apart from helping young Sabahans to continue their studies.

He said he was made to understand that there are dropouts among Sabahan youths in the peninsula who could not find jobs and end up as vagrants, which is among PKB's concerns to help them.

On PKB's first plan, Adzmi said the association plans to identify and reach out to Sabahans not only in Selangor but also in the whole peninsula for statistical purposes and for PKB's own record.

To a question, he admitted that PKB is a political vehicle of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) which was also set up to attract Sabahans in the peninsula to join the party. Joining PKB as members, he said, would also mean automatic membership to PPBM.

"During the soft launching of PKB by PPBM Supreme Council member Abu Bakar Yahya who is also the Political Secretary to the Prime Minister in Shah Alam, I presented a total of 769 new membership forms of Sabahans and Sarawakians joining PPBM via PKB to Abu Bakar.

"The main reason these 769 new members joined PPBM and PKB is because they believe in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and fully support his leadership as the Prime Minister.

"They also have full confidence in Tun Dr Mahathir to bring the country towards excellence and prosperity not only at national level but also at global stage," Adzmi said.

According to him, PKB has targeted to register about 5,000 members by end of this year via its activities.

For a start, he said it plans to have a PKB Carnival which is similar to a Family Day in Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur by January next year to meet and foster closer ties with fellow Sabahans as well as to promote national integration.

He also called on the fellow Sabahans in the peninsula to be alert with the current development in the country and to support the current government. - Hayati Dzulkifli


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