Dr Jeffrey to announce political future tomorrow

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Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan

KOTA KINABALU: Come Friday, United Borneo Front (UBF) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will make an announcement on his political future, amidst growing speculation he would form the Sabah chapter of a Sarawak-based party.

The former PKR vice-president, who is scheduled to hold a press conference, here on that day, is expected to announce the names of office-bearers of the Sabah chapter.

It was reliably learnt that the president of the Sarawak-based party is also expected to attend the press conference while the launch of the party in Sabah is expected to be held early January, next year.

Sources said the majority of UBF members were in favour of pursuing their political struggles through the Sarawak-based party as the party subscribed to the Borneo agenda advocated by Dr Jeffrey.

UBF has also indicated its willingness to form an alliance for all Sabahans, regardless of race and religion, to protect and safeguard the interests and rights of the people.

The newly-revived USNO became the latest entity to support the UBF and the fight for the restoration of Sabah’s rights.

In what is seen as a show of support for the UBF, a prominent leader of the revived USNO is slated to join the press conference, the sources said, adding that Dr Jeffrey was hopeful of forging an alliance with the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) (Parti Maju Sabah) and Pakatan Rakyat in the coming general election.

Apart from opposition Sarawak National Party (SNAP), the other opposition Sarawak-based party is State Reform Party (Star) led by Dr Patau Rubis. — Bernama