KOTA KINABALU (March 6): Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and Umno's cooperation in Sabah, especially in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah or GRS-led state government, will not be affected by political developments at the federal level, said leaders of both parties.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor, who is also the Sabah Bersatu chief, said the party would continue to work and cooperate with its partners in Sabah to honour the people’s mandate that put GRS in power.
“Now is not the time for political bickering but to get to work. We are facing a pandemic (Covid-19) and economic challenges affecting the people, so let us all not be distracted but work together to surmount these challenges,” Hajiji said in a statement today.
Meanwhile, state Umno chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who echoed the call, stressed that Umno would also continue to cooperate with Bersatu in the state.
According to Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Bung Moktar, Sabah Umno has its own autonomy to chart its path and, as for now, the focus of the GRS government is to tend the people’s needs for a better life, especially in terms of development.
“Of course, there is dissatisfaction here and there but that doesn't mean we have to crush all that we (GRS) have built for the people. What’s most important is that every GRS leader must have the sincerity to work together … we don't have any issues and can still work together,” he said when contacted.
GRS component party leaders including Hajiji and Bung Moktar had, on Jan 9, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to continue their cooperation and to reject any form of external interference attempting to threaten the coalition.
The GRS coalition consists of Perikatan Nasional or PN (Bersatu, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku or STAR, Parti Progresif Sabah or SAPP and PAS), Barisan Nasional (Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah or PBRS, MCA and MIC) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
It was reported that Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had sent a letter to Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to inform the latter of the Umno Supreme Council’s decision to cease cooperation with Bersatu in the 15th general election (GE15) to come.
The letter also stated that Umno’s position within the PN government can continue until Parliament is dissolved.