PETALING JAYA: It is time for former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman to make way for younger people, Musa’s younger brother Anifah said today.
Anifah, a former foreign minister who now heads a local party, said Musa should give new faces an opportunity to govern the state.
“As a Sabahan I appreciate what Musa has done, but I think the time has passed. Let the new people take over. Musa is my brother, I love him, but in politics, there are differences,” he said, according to Bernama.
“Politics in Kuala Lumpur is different. Even here, there are differences such as between Jeffrey Kitingan and (his brother) Joseph Pairin Kitingan. They were rivals, even contesting in the same constituency against each other,” said Anifah.
At the 2008 and 2013 general elections, the Kitingan brothers contested against each other in the Keningau parliamentary seat. Pairin, then president of Parti Bersatu Sabah, won handily by a majority of about 4,000 each time against Jeffrey, who represented PKR and later STAR.
Anifah became president of Parti Cinta Sabah last month. He said PCS would contest the coming state election on its own, in at least half the 73 state constituencies.
It would launch its manifesto soon. “What matters most is that PCS must win, our state should be run by natives of Sabah, many are also willing to work with us,” he said at a press conference here today.
Sabahans should give PCS strong support, so that it could continue to fight for Sabah’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Anifah indicated that he would contest for a state seat.
He said several elected representatives who have left the state ruling party have expressed their interest in joining PCS. “We don’t say that we will not accept them, we have to respect them but we will assess them,” said Anifah, while declining to reveal the names of the elected representatives.
At the 2019 general election, PCS lost in all 18 seats it contested.