PBS denies it is joining forces with Warisan Plus
Published on: Monday, September 28, 2020
By: Bernama
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Kota Kinabalu: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has quashed rumours that it is joining forces with Warisan Plus to form the Sabah Government.

Its Information Chief Datuk Joniston Bangkuai (pic) said the baseless claim had been widely circulated on social media following the announcement of the 16th Sabah State election results Saturday night.

“PBS, as an equal partner in Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), remains firm with its allies - Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN),” he said in a statement Sunday.

Joniston also said it is not true that PBS had started making demands regarding the soon-to-formed State Government.

This matter had not been discussed so far, said Joniston, who retained the Kiulu seat.

PBS held a post-mortem on the State election results at the party president’s residence Sunday morning.

PBS contributed seven of the 38 seats won by GRS, which gave the coalition a simple majority to form the State Government.

Warisan Plus, which comprises Warisan, DAP, PKR, Upko and Amanah, lost the mandate to rule the State when it won 32 of the 73 seats up for grabs in the election. 

Meanwhile, PBS’ seven winning candidates had contributed to the success of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) in taking over the State Government, said PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

“PBS is greatly thankful for the people’s votes given to our seven candidates who won their respective seats – N5 Matunggong, N7 Tandek, N14 Tamparuli, N15 Kiulu, N34 Lumadan, N36 Kundasang and N47 Telupid.

“We will do our best to ensure our elected representatives are faithful and true to their promise to work hard and fulfil their pledges and commitment to serve the rakyat and voters to the best of their ability,” he said in his Facebook posting, Sunday.

GRS, which comprises Perikatan Nasional (PN), Barisan Nasional (BN) and PBS, won 38 of the 73 seats contested in the 16th state election on Saturday.

He invited the people to work together with the newly-elected government and help correct any shortcomings as it serves the rakyat to the best of its ability.

“To all Parti Bersatu Sabah members, supporters, family and friends, on behalf of PBS, I take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted and supported us during the 16th state election.

“We greatly valued your support and votes to each of our 20 candidates who stood in the election throughout the State,” he said. 


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