TAWAU: Warisan-linked political parties in Sabah should not be worried over Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PBBM) entry into the state.
Describing the move as “no surprise”, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Youth chief Christopher Mandut said PBBM has the right to set foot in Sabah because “it is a free country”.
“I do not understand why Sabah PKR chief Datuk Christina Liew is complaining. She claims that the nine-month-old (Warisan-led) State Government is doing well, so why worry PPBM’s entry?” he asked, adding that a well-governed administration should not feel threatened by a newcomer.
Mandut, however, asserted that the fact that a seasoned politician like Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has decided to spread its wings to Sabah showed that “he felt something amiss somewhere”.
“Maybe that is why PPBM is entering Sabah. He (Mahathir) is sending his party to Sabah to improve things. Plus she (Liew) should be happy PPBM is coming, at least her president (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) can now concentrate in Malaya,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mandut noted that in the last nine months, business activities had gone down because people are not spending.
“The absence of welfare aid like the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and the drop of commodity prices have badly affected the rakyat. People are complaining,” he said.
Liew, in a recent statement, said PPBM’s entry to strengthen Parti Warisan came to a surprise since the State Government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was doing very well.