KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is determined to recapture the Kota Belud parliamentary and Kadamaian state seats, as well as contest the newly approved Pintasan state seat
“Kota Belud and Kadamaian are ours. We will contest these two seats in the 15th general election, plus Pintasan,” said party president Maximus Ongkili.
“I believe we have the support of the grassroots, as feedback shows their sentiment is anti-administration. Therefore, we offer PBS to be the voice of the people here,” he said.
In Kadamaian’s case, Ongkili said the party had compromised by swapping the seat with United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) but was disappointed when the latter betrayed them.
“Upko not only betrayed us but also the presidential council we formed with Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) to forge greater cooperation for a major victory in the last election.
“Upko also let the voters down. These voters are mostly PBS supporters,” he said.
Ongkili noted that incumbent Kadamaian assemblyman Ewon Benedick won the seat with the support of PBS but chose to support the current Warisan-led government, along with several others.
“The Kadamaian assemblyman had the chance to be YB (Yang Berhormat) and jumped to help Warisan. And for the first time, Kadamaian has a full minister representing the people.
“I challenge him to perform his duties and not just enjoy his perks as a minister. As a full minister, he should be able to develop the area better than his predecessors, who were holding assistant ministers’ posts.
“The Kadamaian assemblyman has to prove that he is a better choice. Otherwise, PBS’ support has gone to waste,” he said.