Two new parties in Sabah soon?

Former minister Anifah Aman (left) and ex-Sabah MCA deputy chairman Francis Goh have hinted that they may form new parties.

KOTA KINABALU: At least two new parties could be formed in Sabah and they are likely to align themselves with the newly launched Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS).

Former foreign minister and current MP Anifah Aman hinted at the possibility of forming a party while former Sabah MCA deputy chief Francis Goh said he, too, was considering that option.

Anifah said although he would remain an independent MP for now, he did not dismiss a suggestion to form a new party in the future.

“My first interest is always for the good of the people. I have said this before. However, if it is absolutely necessary that I belong to a party in order to be a part of GBS, then I will consider forming a new party.

“Otherwise I can always join any other party in Sabah since there are many political parties around,” he said.

Anifah had recently hinted in his speech at a Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) forum in Kimanis that he might form a new political party.

During the event, he asked the more than 800 attendees if they would support him if he built a “new house”. He received thunderous applause from the audience.

Anifah left Umno a little over a month ago, saying he did so in the interest of getting back Sabah’s rights.

He feared he would be forced to vote against any bill the current federal government tabled to restore Sabah’s rights if he did not leave Umno.

Another opposition leader who could be starting his own party is former Sabah MCA deputy chief and prominent local businessman Francis Goh.

Goh, who lost in the election at DAP stronghold Kapayan, resigned his posts in MCA soon after the election to become an ordinary member.

He felt MCA had become irrelevant in Sabah following the disbandment of Barisan Nasional (BN) in the state.

He also attended the GBS launch today.

Asked about his plans, he said he would wait and see.

“I don’t feel like joining any other party for now. But I could form my own party soon. I will make the announcement when the time comes,” he said.

Sabah reportedly has the highest number of registered political parties, with not less than 25 parties operating in the state.