PBS reveals admission of failure in core struggles, claims Warisan
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah secretary general Loretto Padua Jr. claimed his Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) counterpart Datuk Johnny Mositun’s statement relating to the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegals in Sabah was an admission of failure in the party’s core struggles.
“I congratulate him because he finally decided to tell us the truth which in turn, vindicated Warisan’s contention that PBS is no longer able to champion matters relating to Sabah’s interests and privileges,” he said in a statement.
“Sabahans, particularly the KDM community, had been told numerous times by PBS acting president, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili that illegal immigrants and Projek IC have been his party’s core struggles for the past three decades.
“If these illegal immigrants and Projek IC issues are indeed the core struggles for PBS, then when an opportunity had been given to PBS leaders to take part in the formulation of the conclusive and permanent solutions to it, then Sabahans expect them to demonstrate the attitude of efficiency, accountability and determination to have it completed within a timeline that is impressive.
“Putting aside Mositun’s assurances to us that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be finally making the announcement on the solutions, he actually gave us important aspects about the level of authority and accountability of PBS itself,” Loretto said.
Mositun had said it that “it is just not right to point accusations at PBS and Tan Sri Joseph because the RCI Working Committee he chaired was formed by the Federal Government and had nothing to do with PBS or any individual political party. That Tan Sri Joseph being also a PBS president is a coincidence, that’s all.”
“Does it not tell us that despite PBS leaders have been shouting about illegal immigrants and Projek IC for decades now, the Federal Government does not actually listen to them and when Pairin was appointed as the chairman of the Working Committee, it just happened that he is the president of PBS?
“Does it not tells us that Mositun is trying to protect PBS and Pairin from any accountability arising from the latter’s own decision to accept the post as chairman of the Committee formed by the same Federal Government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in which PBS is part of it?” Loretto asked.
He believed that in this issue, PBS had miserably failed the test relating to ‘authority and accountability’.
“PBS had been given the chance to prove itself to the Sabahans whether it still has the authority and demonstrate accountability on one of the major issues which Max claimed as the ‘core struggles’.
But this substantial delay in coming out with a permanent and conclusive solution over a major issue is simply unacceptable and if PBS is a firm offering services to a corporate client, PBS will be requested to issue its report highlighting the chronological of events leading to such delay.
So, if PBS had already failed to impress us on this issue, then “I urge Sabahans to think deeply whether PBS can still deliver on other more pressing and difficult matters such as MA63, Borneosation, Education and so on”.