KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) president Wilfred Bumburing is unfazed by the stream of leaders leaving the local opposition party.
Speaking to FMT, Bumburing said this proved that these individuals were only concerned about power, adding that the party was lucky to see their true colours now.
“It is quite funny because one of those who left, the party treasurer-general John Hussein, had just come up with a statement condemning the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) on Wednesday.
“And then the next day, on Thursday, he suddenly announced his departure from the party. So, one day he is against GST and the next, he is supporting GST. I think the people can see the blatant inconsistency there.”
Hussein and the party’s women’s vice-chief Anita Hokom joined Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) yesterday while four others led by PCS information chief Lesaya Lopog joined the United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko).
Bumburing said Lesaya’s decision had taken him by surprise but that he knew Lesaya and those who left had been unhappy with the party’s choice of candidates, especially in their area of Kiulu in Tuaran.
“I think it is normal. Everybody wants to become candidates. But what can I do? Only one person gets to be a candidate in any one seat. I cannot accommodate everybody and I thought they understood this.
“I just wish them good luck with their new party,” he added.
Bumburing’s PCS has suffered a number of defections by its leaders, including the departures of all three of its deputy presidents to Parti Warisan Sabah in March.
They cited their frustrations with the party’s directions and ideological differences as well as its failure to put plans into action.
PCS, a Kadazandusun Murut (KDM)-based party, is contesting in 27 seats including eight parliamentary seats in the coming polls. The bulk of the seats it is contesting are KDM-majority seats or mixed seats.
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