KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew agrees with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that Pakatan Harapan could be a one-term government if it does not make some changes.
Liew, who is the also Sabah PH chairman, said this could only be avoided if every party – in the coalition as well as its allies – was united.
“What he (Mahathir) says is true. Unity is very important especially when you have a coalition government.
“But I believe this is not something we cannot overcome. If every leader from each party is sincere in working and moving on together, I think we’ll be all right,” she said to reporters after hosting a Chinese New Year media luncheon here today.
Earlier today, Mahathir had noted that PH and its allies had lost five by-elections since the 14th general election but they still didn’t understand.
“I told them in a democracy you need strong support from the people. But instead, they fight amongst themselves and divide the people… They are not going to win unless they change their ways,” he said.
On Jan 18, Barisan Nasional candidate Mohamad Alamin of Sabah Umno defeated Karim Bujang of PH’s Sabah partner Warisan, with a comfortable majority of 2,029 votes, in the Kimanis by-election.
The defeat is the fifth for PH on the back of polls showing waning popularity among the public.
Meanwhile, Liew dismissed notions that Warisan’s loss in the Kimanis polls was a result of the party paying the price for undelivered GE14 promises by PH.
“I don’t agree (with this). I think nothing beats unity – if PH, Upko and Warisan can move forward and work together, and we’re united, nobody can tell us we are not good for each other.
“A stable government means that we can focus on work. So we don’t need to spend time on politicking here and there – we only focus on working because that’s what people voted us for, to do our work,” said the Tawau MP.
To remarks by Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin that BN would retake the state in GE15, Liew said that the Kinabatangan MP was “a funny man”.
“I enjoy his jokes… every time he tells some jokes, I will laugh,” she said.
After BN’s morale-boosting win in Kimanis, Bung warned the coalition government of Sabah comprising Warisan, PH and Upko that BN was ready to take over in the next general election.