KOTA KINABALU: Opposition leaders in Sabah agree the existence of many parties had made it difficult for them to be united.
They also agree that the fact that there are two opposition alliances could lead to split votes.
They said Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) president Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin’s statement yesterday that people would likely favour Barisan Nasional as the opposition parties were falling apart was spot on.
Sabah State Reform Party (Star) chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said he agreed with Lajim’s statement that political parties in the opposition should unite.
“(By working together), then only the people will have confidence to vote them (opposition) into government. If they do not unite, the people may keep the (current) government,” he said, adding that Gabungan Sabah was the avenue for them to work together.
Gabungan Sabah is an alliance comprising Star, Harapan Rakyat, Sabah Progressive Party and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah.
Jeffrey said the alliance was currently doing well but there were political parties who refused to work together to prevent the alliance from forming the next government.
Meanwhile, Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong said the political scenario among opposition parties in the state would definitely disappoint the people.
“To a certain extent (this is because there are) so many opposition parties around, making it difficult to work together. But I hope our people will be smart enough to choose a coalition (Pakatan Harapan) that is genuine (in its efforts) to fight against BN when the time comes,” he said, adding that the existence of the other opposition parties could affect them as this could lead to split votes.