5 Parti Cinta Sabah leaders quit party

TUARAN: Five Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) leaders, including two from the Kiulu PCS division, have resigned from all their posts in the party with immediate effect.

PCS is one of the local-based opposition parties in Sabah.

They are the party’s speaker, permanent chairman, information chief and director for media & communications unit Lesaya Lopog; treasurer-general John Hussein; women exco member Anita Kokum; committee member and organising secretary Joslin Ludsum; and assistant information officer Hillary Gindayuk.

Lesaya was a close aide of party president Wilfred Bumburing, having worked for him as press secretary for 18 years.

The five handed in their letters of resignation to the PCS secretary-general today.

“We have come to a point where we are disillusioned with the way the party is moving, resulting in us losing confidence in the party and its leaders.

“What is needed therefore is a political party whose leaders continue to gain the respect of its grassroots leaders and members,” they said in a joint press statement here today.

According to them, they have been together since the inception of Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS) and “were the pioneers of APS and later PCS in Kiulu, and assisted in organising PCS programmes and activities in other areas in Sabah since 2012″.

Meanwhile, it is reliably learnt the five would make a decision on their political future tomorrow.

On March 22, eight supreme council members, including three deputy presidents of PCS quit the party, citing ideological differences and concerns over the party’s choice of allies for the coming election.

Earlier, PCS and Parti Anak Negeri (Anak Negeri), another local-based opposition party, had joined hands to contest in 11 parliamentary and 29 state seats in the 14th general election.