Another Sabah opposition bloc seeking registration

SAPP deputy president Richard Yong (back row, third from right) and party members handing out Chinese New Year greetings at the Gaya Street fair in Kota Kinabalu today.

KOTA KINABALU: Another opposition bloc, Gabungan Sabah (GS), which prides itself in pursuing Sabah’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, has said it is actively seeking registration and recognition.

This comes after Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) denied it was breaking up.

One of the leaders of GS, SAPP deputy president Richard Yong, said the bloc had gone through trying times since it was formed in 2015, however its members were not deterred.

“GS is being registered as a legal entity for local parties. As Sabahans, we understand the situation and the predicaments of the people.

“GS is committed to resolving the longstanding problems in Sabah.

“We will persistently pursue the fulfilment of MA63 and fight for Sabah’s rights so that the state will prosper again,” he said after SAPP’s Chinese New Year walkabout at the popular Gaya Street fair here today.

Yong said GS would continue with its struggle because the Pakatan Harapan (PH) central government had proven itself to be “Barisan Nasional 2.0” in not honouring MA63.

“The people will be convinced that only local parties can truly uphold and defend Sabah rights, MA63 and equal status in Malaysia.

“GS welcomes local parties and Sabahans who share similar struggles to join in the fight for a better Sabah,” he said.

Besides SAPP and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR), GS counts on Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) and Parti Kebangsaan Sabah (PKS) as members.

STAR is also a member of GBS, whose president Jeffrey Kitingan said earlier today the opposition front had applied for registration with the Registrar of Societies (RoS) last Tuesday.

He said GBS had been keeping a low profile because it was warned that the use of the name was illegal since it has not been registered.

GBS comprises STAR, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and remnants of Sabah BN members.