Monday, 29 December 2008

Kurup lost a PBRS founder leader

Former Bingkor Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) divisional deputy chief Alizan Majid yesterday announced his resignation from the Party. PBRS is headed by Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, whose seat in Parliament for Pensiangan was declared vacant by Kota Kinabalu Election Court on Sept 8, 2008.

“I have lost confidence in the party leadership as its struggle has no true direction,” he said in a statement to the Press Sunday.

“The struggle of the party leadership for the people is not professional and it is not ready to change and accept changes,” alleged Alizan.

“The party leadership is always afraid of its own shadow and is not ready to hear ideas, opinions and advices for the good of the party and members,” he added.

Alizan also expressed disappointment over what he described as the lack of cooperation during elections, especially on the selection of candidates who were not accepted by the people.

He also claimed that there was no application made by the leadership for additional seats during the last general election.

“I urge the state and national Barisan Nasional leaderships to make a smart decision to select and pick the best candidate for the Pensiangan parliamentary by-election, one who can truly contribute to the BN victory."

“I am proposing to the BN leadership to take back former MP Datuk Bernard S Maraat as the BN candidate if BN wants to retain the Pensiangan seat,” he said. PBRS dropped Maraat from defending Pensiangan in the March 8, general election to pave way for Kurup to contest.

Maraat had since quit PBRS to join Parti Bersatu Sabah headed by Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and is now the party's chief ror the Liawan Division.

Alizan said even though he had quit from PBRS, he still supported the BN struggle under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. “I will consider to join to any of the BN component parties or re-join PBRS if there are changes to its leadership,” he added.

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