KOTA KINABALU September 10, 2012: Beaufort member of parliament Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukin yesterday said the application for a new political party, Parti Bumiputera Bersatu or in short Bumi was submitted to the Registrar of Societies (ROS) in Kuala Lumpur last week.
“ROS has accepted the application and we were told it will be considered,” the former Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister said.
Lajim who was met at the launching of Pakatan Perubahan Sabah’s (PPS) state-level Hari Malaysia-Jalur Gemilang campaign at Jalan Kepayan here yesterday, however said he would be not holding any posts in Bumi. “I am not the president and will not hold any post … I will just be an ordinary member as the president is Datuk Idrus Salleh. This party has been planned since I resigned from all my posts and resigned from Barisan Nasional.
“Last week the application has been submitted to the Registrar of Societies in Kuala Lumpur and if it is approved, we will contest under Bumi’s ticket in the 13th general election,” he said.
Where Bumi will contest will be subject to discussion with Pakatan Rakyat and other opposition parties in Sabah so that there is no clash between the opposition parties, he said. “If we cannot come to a consensus on seats distribution, we cannot win and form the government,” he added.
If the election is held before the application is approved, Lajim said he and others like him in PPS would be contesting under the ticket of PR coalition members.
“What is important is there must be a straight fight between PR and Barisan Nasional (BN). We want to have open discussion with all the opposition parties because we have to think not only about Sabah but also the whole nation.
“Sabah for Sabahans is something we take into consideration but we must remember also that PR has its own mission and vision for the people of Sabah. There is no reason for PR not to be able to accept demands like 20 per cent oil royalty, Borneonisation and autonomy among others,” Lajim said.
“This is because these are demands by the rakyat, not the party,” Lajim pointed out.