RANAU, Sept 14, 2020:
Disappointment is believed to be the reason why former Parti Bersatu Sabah N38 Paginatan division chief Datuk Dr Othman Minuddin and several others ditched the party for Sabah Solidariti Tanah Airku (Sabah STAR).
According to the division vice chief, Faustian Thomas, Othman was in favour of the division’s deputy chief Juis Konsuling as the party’s candidate for N38 Paginatan.
“We believe that he (Othman) was unhappy when PBS Supreme Council Member Arthur Sen was fielded instead,” she said.
She stressed that their former head and members’ move to join forces with Sabah STAR instead was against the decision agreed during the division’s meeting last month, chaired by Othman himself.
“During the meeting, Othman stressed that the division was keen to field a candidate in the election, and would support any decision made by the party’s top leadership, with regards to the chosen candidate. In fact, our intention was also made public through a statement released on Aug 25, and in speeches during gatherings with the grassroots..
“So, it was actually shocking that he u-turned from the decision made earlier, and worse, ditched PBS for another party,” she said.
She, however, said they respected their decision and wished Othman and the others well.
“The PBS N38 Paginatan machinery is not affected by their absence, and it is business as usual. We will continue to campaign for our candidate and ensure victory for PBS.
“PBS decided to contest Paginatan on the basis that it is a winnable seat for the party as we have a strong grassroots support, based on a survey recently.
“We will also be meeting the top leadership soon to discuss the next course of action against those who left the party,” she said.