Parti Bersatu Sabah, as a multi-racial party, is always open to political cooperation with any Sabah-based parties, for the sake of Sabahans.
Well-known for its political goals, PBS defends its stands for multi ethnic politics, multiculturalism, state rights and Malaysia Agreement 1963, principled political conduct especially in championing the anti-hop law, protecting and defending the State’s security especially against illegal foreigners, and ensuring economic progress for the people of Sabah.
PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili noted that these are political goals and ideals, adding: “We welcome political friends who are desirous to share these aspirations with us in PBS.
“Hence, we are constantly on the lookout for political friends and partners to make Sabah a better land for genuine people of Sabah.
“Therefore, we take note on the political gesture by the President of Parti Warisan Sabah Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal to cooperate and work together for the good of all Sabahans.”
As a member of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah State government, PBS is equally open to work with the opposition Warisan and Ongkili hopes colleagues in GRS would view Warisan’s gesture of cooperation and working relationship positively.
“Of course, PBS is enjoying a good working relationship with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, both through GRS as well as in Perikatan Nasional.
“We are comfortable with these scenarios and able to serve the rakyat in Sabah and nationally through the leadership of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
“I hope the nice gesture of political cooperation from Warisan and our PBS response for political friendship on behalf of GRS can improve political stability and socioeconomic development in Sabah, ensuring a safer Sabah especially from illegal immigration,” said Ongkili.
He stressed that for PBS, strategic interest must also be taken into account, adding:” We should welcome political cooperation for the sake of the people, so long as the intentions are sincere and there are no selfish conditions.”
On Tuesday, Shafie indicated readiness to work with PBS, describing them as the ideal partner to work with to fight for Sabah’s rights.