Published on: Monday, August 26, 2013
Keningau: The Government must reconsider the approval to set up 20 new political parties as it can cause long term repercussions, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
He said it was reported that 20 political parties were approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) which could cause major changes to political demography, specifically in Sabah.
Pairin, who is also Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president, said this when opening the annual general meeting of Bingkor and Liawan PBS at the community hall in Keningau here today.
He said, prior to this, every political party which was set up was based on the aspirations of the people and not in the interests of individuals.
The Member of Parliament for Keningau also said a study would be carried out on this development and its effect on the younger generation in the future.
Meanwhile, PBS members have been urged to control their emotions and stay loyal to the party leadership.
Pairin said that although all members were free to listen to outsiders about the party, they must be wise in making their own evaluations, especially when it comes to matters that could affect the party's internal unity.
He was speaking while officiating the closing ceremony of the 28th Melalap PBS Annual General Meeting at Kampung Makakumpai, Saturday.
According to him, the strength of a party lies on the loyalty of every member to the leadership apart from prioritising on the understanding as well as cooperation to enable the people to trust the party to administer the state.
Pairin said without unity the situation would become disastrous when emotion runs through the party.
He also urged the people to appreciate the meaning of independence, which is priceless and must be protected and nurtured for the sake of the future generation.
Vice President, Datuk Radin Malleh announced he would be defending his post during the party's poll in October.
As for the PBS Melalap division head post, which he had been holding since 1994, Radin said he would considered it in the coming weeks and decide whether to pave the way for new faces.
Pairin, Radin and others later marked the opening of the annual meeting by blowing candles on a cake made especially for the event.