KOTA KINABALU: The opposition front Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) has dispelled rumours that it is breaking up, saying it is adopting a low profile until it is registered.
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan said the coalition has been warned that the use of the GBS name is illegal since it has not been registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
“This is the reason why we have quietened down for the time being,” he told FMT today.
He said the application for registration was finally submitted to the RoS last Tuesday.
GBS was set up in October 2018. Its members include those from STAR and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and remnants of Sabah BN members.
However, there have been no joint statements from the coalition or activities involving their leaders lately, leading to speculation the alliance is disintegrating.
Jeffrey, who is one of the interim deputy chairmen, quashed the rumours and explained that GBS has been busy finalising its constitution, logo and flag.
“On Tuesday, after all these were finally completed, the application was submitted to the RoS,” he said.
Jeffrey denied that there is a rift among the leaders and said they have met regularly behind closed doors.
At the same time, he said, each party had also been busy dealing with their internal matters.
“As for the former Sabah Umno leaders, except for those who left, the rest are intact,” he said.
Jeffrey said that although GBS has gone under the radar, the coalition is active in the alternative media and social media.
“I am confident that GBS is the way to go for the opposition in Sabah,” he said.