KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), a loose alliance of like-minded political parties in Sabah, will be working closely with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to fight for the rights of both states under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Speaking to reporters here, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Maximus Ongkili said GBS is constantly in touch with GPS, including holding meetings with GPS MPs to discuss MA63 issues.
Currently, he said five GBS MPs including himself as Kota Marudu MP, Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Zakaria Edris (Libaran), Arthur Kurup (Pensiangan) and Jeffrey Kitingan (Keningau), sit on the independent side of Parliament, together with GPS MPs.
“We are working closely with Sarawak and speaking in one voice on this matter.
“We plan to further strengthen this cooperation.
“At the moment, some of the Sabah Umno MPs are still siding with the Barisan Nasional (BN) side but our alliance is growing.
“Once GBS is formally registered, I think they will be more willing to join us,” he said.
Commenting on the progress of GBS, Ongkili, who is a former federal minister, said the group is still waiting for the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to finalise their registration.
However, at the same time, he said the presidents of the four political parties are constantly in touch with one another and had regular meetings to discuss pertinent matters and to share information about various issues.
GBS, he said, will be holding a second formal meeting tomorrow, which will be chaired by Sabah Umno chairman Hajiji Mohd Noor.
The four parties under the GBS are PBS, Sabah Umno, Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).
The group has agreed to appoint all four presidents of the parties as joint presidents while former PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan and former Sabah Umno chief Musa Aman have been appointed advisers.