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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Opposition can always unite under USA: Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - The Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star), while being a political party, is also legally registered as a coaltion entity.

Furthermore, Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the opposition block in Sabah is no longer in any need to seek a registered coalition entity as they can all unite under the United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah.

So it's not correct to harp on the misguided belief that the USA is not legal entity and therefore has no platform to contest as a coalition like the Barisan Nasional. I believe after a discussion with leaders of the USA, we will be able agree on utilising this legal platform of Star as a coalition entity if the need arises before the 14th General Election.

"All the coalition partners can use their respective party symbols but with the clear message that they are coalesced under Star. Of course the ideal arrangement is for USA to be the registered coalition entity and we are working towards realising this arrangement. However, it should be noted that we already have a legal platform for this purpose if the urgent need arises," he said in a statement.

Jeffrey added that Star accommodates not only political parties to coalesce under it but registered NGOs as well.

"I would like to call upon all NGOs supporting the struggle of the USA for the rights and autonomy of Sabah in accordance to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 to come forward and declare their support and to become members.

"An open and widespread show of support among parties and NGOs towards this cause would send the strong message to the Barisan Nasional of our desire for change.

"Let us not fall into the trap of having too many coalitions on top of having to many opposition parties already. We will only end up competing with each other and breaking each other's support," he said.

Meanwhile, Gabungan Sabah parties will be organising mini conventions across the State to explain to the people the rights of Sabah in the Federation of Malaysia.

Spokesman for the State opposition pact Jeffrey Kumin, who is also Star Information Chief, said all the parties will take turns to host the event where they will be speaking on the Malaysia Agreement 1963, the 20 Pointss and rights to petroleum and gas revenue among others.

Star was given the honour to host the first mini convention for the Tuaran and Kota Belud parliamentary constituencies. It was held in Kg Bangkahak.

The presidents were Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin (Parti Harapan Sabah), Datuk Yong Teck Lee (SAPP), Dato' Seri Mohd Arshad Mualap (PPRS) and Jeffrey (Star).

Gabungan Sabah chairman Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor was also present. Jeffrey said all the mini conventions will culminate in a grand convention to be held in Kota Kinabalu in October.

Earlier, Jeffrey officiated the closing ceremony of Kem Gen Y, a special programme designed to expose the young generation on Sabah rights in the Federation of Malaysia.

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