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Opposition to rebrand as GBS
Published on: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS), a coalition of opposition parties that will include Umno, will materialise within 10 days.

Jeffrey Kitingan, the president of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) said it would be the state's new opposition.

"We are finalising the requirements by the Registrar of Societies (RoS), such as the constitution and the structure. So far, we have agreed that the parties to be included in this new coalition will be Star, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Umno," he said.

Other local political parties, such as Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Parti Pembangunan Rakyat Sabah (PPRS) from Gabungan Sabah, were also expected to join the new bloc.

Sabah Umno chief and Sulaman assemblyman Hajiji Mohd Noor said at the national level, Umno was still part of BN but BN no longer exists in Sabah.

"Now, we have a new opposition bloc called GBS. Sabah does not have BN, hence the existence of GBS.

"From now on, Sabah Umno will be in a new bloc which includes PBS, Star and other local parties," he said.

The Sabah BN, which had ruled the state since 1994, was defeated in the May 9 election by the Parti Warisan Sabah-Pakatan Harapan-Upko alliance.

Whether the new bloc would work with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), the Sarawak political bloc formed by former component parties of BN, Hajiji said the matter had yet to be discussed.

GBS was suggested by PBS President Joseph Pairin Kitingan in May after the party left BN following the coalition's defeat.

Sabah Umno Assistant Secretary Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the initial intention of forming Gabungan Bersatu Sabah was more to the consensus of members of the state legislative assembly.

"But we also think maybe one day there is a need for us to formalise to be a bloc of a registered opposition," said the Karanaan Assemblyman.


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