KOTA KINABALU: Muhyiddin Yassin, president of PPBM, has no qualms that setting foot in Sabah was the right thing for the party to do.
Muhyiddin noted that the sea of red at Sabah PPBM’s launching had convinced him. “This is an historic moment. Looking at the attendance today, those wearing red, there is no doubt the decision to enter Sabah is right,” he said to loud applause and cheers.
The launch was the culmination of months of preparation and discussion between Sabah PPBM chief coordinator Hajiji Mohd Noor and the party’s leadership in Kuala Lumpur.
“PPBM’s entry is because of the wishes of the people. And as a way to respect those wishes, we had discussions with our friends in Sabah including from Warisan. At last, PPBM is in Sabah,” he said.
Muhyiddin said the party’s entry would ensure the political position and stability of the state government.
“As political friends, we need to unite to ensure the interest of Sabah. Sabah will continue to progress and prosper.”
He said PPBM was against abuse of power and corruption, two traits that had plagued the previous Barisan Nasional administration.
Hajiji said the presence of PPBM in Sabah presented the younger generation with a new platform to be involved in politics.
“The needs of the young generation cannot be put aside because they are the ones who will shape the future of the country. We have seen how they spoke and their voices have also changed the political landscape of the country in the 14th general election.
“Therefore, Sabah PPBM is ready to give a space to them,” he said, adding the party will also protect their interests of indigenous people.
Hajiji disagreed with the claims saying that PPBM came to Sabah to colonise the state, adding such a narrow political mindset should be rejected.
“Let us try look at the political scenario in Sabah before this. Clearly it is proven that a national party is accepted, supported and given mandate by the people until it can rule the state for nearly 25 years.
“And if compared to local parties, they only rule for a short period of time, not exceeding 10 years,” Hajiji said.
He said among other reasons for joining PPBM was Sabah’s geo-political position which is security sensitive.
“Everyone knows we are facing a serious illegal immigrant problem. Our minds are always haunted by claims from a neighbouring country and this is particularly after the incursion at Kampung Tanduo, Lahad Datu, several years ago.
“To us the presence of a federal government party especially PPBM can directly help to deal with a problem like this,” he said, adding Sabah PPBM will support the Sabah government.
“I want to state once again that we will give cooperation and support to the state government under the leadership of Shafie Apdal.”