KOTA KINABALU, March 7 2020 : Former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will lead a new Sabah opposition party.
Three Sabah-based parties will dissolve and merge under Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan) which will appoint Anifah as its president.
Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), led by Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing; Parti Anak Negeri Sabah led Datuk Henrynus Amin, and the yet to be registered Parti Hak Sabah (Sabah Rights Party), led by Datuk James Ligunjang, have agreed to dissolve their respective parties to form Gagasan.
Leaders of the parties together with ex-Upko members, led by former federal minister Datuk Ewon Ebin signed a memorandum of understanding for the move that was witnessed by Anifah here today
Anifah said the objective of the new party was to win elections and push for Sabah rights and among others to resolve longstanding problems of illegal immigrants.
“We want to right the ongoing wrongs that are happening right now. Now there is a need for us to take responsibilities on the Sabah point of view, no longer the view of others, ” he said.
Anifah added that the new party is welcoming other Sabah-based opposition parties to join it.
Meanwhile, Bumburing said Gagasan will eventually change its name once the leaders of parties involved agreed.
“The new party will be led by Anifah. All leaders are ready to take any position within the reconstituted party, ” he told the media after the signing ceremony.