KOTA KINABALU: May 7, 2008
Sabah's opposition parties are coming together under the Pakatan Rakyat umbrella by establishing the state chapter of the opposition grouping.
PKR vice-president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the setting up of the Pakatan Rakyat Sabah (PRS) would enable opposition parties here to coordinate their activities.
"If the Opposition hopes to win and rule the state in the future, it must begin to plan and work together now.
"We cannot afford to be split and in competition among ourselves, like in the last elections, as we have one common opponent, the Barisan Nasional," he said Wednesday.
He said Pakatan Rakyat Sabah would among others formalise cooperation among the Opposition parties in Sabah and outline its common vision and policies for Sabah.
Dr Jeffrey said the grouping would also adopt, coordinate and implement policies formalised by Pakatan Rakyat in the peninsula.
He said the umbrella grouping would also discuss plans and strategies for the next general elections and share responsibilities on issues against the current administration.
Once the Pakatan Rakyat is formalised in Sabah, its elected representatives will have full information and research backing to ensure its members act like professionals in the Assembly or Parliament.