KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) vice president Dr Zhamriee Gulam Rasul is of the opinion that the suggestion to make Barisan Nasional (BN) into a single party should first be discussed internally by its coalition members.
“This is because such a huge decision requires the voice of the majority,” he said adding that this would also prevent conflicting ideology and vagueness in the parties’ respective charters.
“Each component party should also list out the pros and cons of the proposal which can be used as a constructive platform that can make the party stronger,” he suggested.
With close scrutiny from all parties, the problem with turning BN into a single party would not be a prolonged one, Zhamriee opined.
“As leaders in a party, we should invite all of BN component party leaders to sit down and have a roundtable discussion on the proposal as we cannot depend on agents or analysts to find ways to resolve party issues.
“The setting up of a single party needs the cooperation, commitment and seriousness from all party members so that its values are maintained,” he said adding that PBRS would cooperate and play a role in helping BN realize its agenda.
He was of the opinion that as a single party, BN would be more matured with the unity showed through the agreement to be one party and this is in line with the 1Malaysia concept.
“A single party would be more focused in resolving issues affecting the rakyat as problems will be reported directly to the higher authority. There would no longer be confusion among the people, especially the younger generation as to who they should support as all parties are now combined under the BN party.
“The culture of saying that a party represents a race will be gone, it will make the party stronger in the aspect of management and respective understanding,” he said adding that this would prevent party members from leaving and joining another component party.
On the other hand, being in a single party would mean that members would only be following the orders from the higher powers, he said, adding that if one member did something wrong, everyone else would have to share the responsibility.
“Leaders in minority parties would have less authority to speak about issues pertaining to social and economy of the groups they represent,” he said.
Zhamriee also was of the opinion that the opposition will create speculations about the formation of a single party.