PENAMPANG: The position of the two former Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliament who switched allegiance to Pakatan Rakyat is beginning to be questioned by several opposition leaders, claimed Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) information chief Datuk Johnny Mositun.
He said Beaufort MP Datuk Lajim Ukin and his Tuaran counterpart, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing prior to this, had also jumped from PBS to Umno and Upko (formerly known as Parti Demokratik Sabah).
“What is happening now it seems that their (Lajim and Bumburing) political direction is facing challenges when several Pakatan Rakyat leaders started to question their position even though they were recruited by Datuk Anwar Ibrahim,” he said.
Opening the PBS Moyog annual general meeting here Sunday, Mositun said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah chief Ahmad Thamrin Jaini had questioned the authority of Lajim’s Sabah Reform Alliance (PPS) who was leading negotiation for the Umno-held seats in Sabah because he is said to have support in these Muslim-majority areas.
While Bumburing through his Sabah Reform Movement (APS) had disappointed Star and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) with his intention of going for the Kadazaundusun Murut (KDM)-majority seats in the coming election.
Towards this end, Mositun called on party members to accept with an open heart the decision of the leadership, particularly in the selection of candidates for the general election.
He said they should continue to lend their full support to the BN candidates no matter which party they are from.
PBS members must continue to heed the advice and decision of president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, he said.
“In fact this is the secret of our strength all this while,” he said.
Among those present at the meeting were vice president Rakam Sijim, supreme council member OKK William Majimbun and PBS Moyog chief John Masabal.