Published on: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Penampang: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) feels it is time the current power-sharing formula between the eight Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties be reviewed.
Its President, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, however, said that the formula must be transparent, fair and just. "Adequate space must be created to allow the component parties, whether big or small, to take part in the administration at the state, district and grassroots levels.
"This includes the appointments of Government Linked Companies (GLCs) chairmen, councillors, native chiefs, JKKK chairmen and village chief positions," he said when delivering his policy speech at the Hongkod Koisaan Hall during PBS' 28th Congress.
He said there is no perfect power sharing formula in the world.
This also applied to the formula adopted by Sabah BN where the issue is hotly debated among BN members who claim the existing formula is not balanced nor fair.
Power sharing, he said, is very important in a multi-racial country such as Malaysia to ensure political stability, harmony and racial unity.
It is for this reason, he said, the founders of the country were compelled to create a government that represents the interests of all ethnic groups, including minorities.
In BN, Pairin said, all its partners would come to an agreement when making a decision.
But due to the complaints, a committee has been formed at the State level and headed by Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak to review the Sabah BN power sharing practice.
"The committee has come up with a proposal on the formula but it was not followed up with action to implement," he said, and urged the Sabah BN top leadership to analyse the committee's report to ensure that the formula is really practised.
"This is very necessary for the sake of the BN's future considering the political landscape has changed and the people have more political choices," he said.
A fair power sharing formula also, he said, would ensure that the interests of everyone in the BN family is looked into and that all component parties have a role in the political and decision making process as well as benefit from the interest of development.
"Only through this, they would feel they are part of the Barisan Nasional (BN) family," he said, adding it would attract more people to support and join the struggles of the BN.
"Such complaints on power sharing should not turn into something that weakens the BN struggle and unity."