PBS re­veals ad­mis­sion of fail­ure in core strug­gles, claims Warisan

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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”.

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