KOTA MARUDU : Four Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) branches in Matunggong were dissolved on Saturday, with their leaders citing loss of confidence in the party's leadership.
Kg Inukiran Branch Chief, Yasungki Tabok, claimed that party President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan had no stand on the choice of candidate for the Matunggong state seat, while Deputy President Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili had no respect for Pairin.
"Maximus is getting rude...the choice of BN candidate for Matunggong had been agreed by Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to be Jornah Mozihim.
"Maximus had threatened Pairin to change and replace Jornah with one of his people, Sarapin Magana," he claimed in a statement sent by one Asandul Mozihim.
He said the struggles of PBS are no longer relevant for most of the branch leaders here, and urged other members to fall out from the party and join Pakatan Rakyat (PR) through Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
He claimed PBS is now under the rule of Maximus who is calling the shots.
Kg Lompozou Branch Chief, Marajam Sidin, claimed he had lost confidence in the PBS leadership, hence the dissolution of the Lampozou branch.
The same with Kg Penampang branch, with its leader claiming the Matunggong people rejected Sarapin as they have had enough of him.
"Not only we will reject Sarapin but also Maximus," he said.
More branches in the area are expected to be dissolved soon.