KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kebangsaan Sabah's (PKS) manifesto, which aims to amend Sabah's constitution and change its status to a country, does not make sense, says Parti Bersatu Sabah.
PBS Secretary-General Datuk Johnny Mositun said the opposition would not be able to realise the manifesto even if they win the 14th General Election.
He said the manifesto is just a ploy by the opposition ahead of the election to confuse the people as they (the opposition) have run out of ideas on how to win over the people.
"There is no provision in the Constitution which allows Sabah to be turned into a country with a Prime Minister and several Chief Ministers. Sabah's position is clear, in that the state is part of Malaysia and we have formed the country together.
"Their proposal is merely political talk; no sane person will believe that the amendment is achievable," he said.
Mositun, who is also deputy State Assembly speaker, said the talk on Sabah's status is not new but the oppositions still use it from time to time.
Sabah local dailies had reported that PKS, which was registered in 2013, has offered to have a woman as a governor and six Chief Ministers for the respective regions in the state.
Prior to this, PKS president Thomas Anggan had also said they will contest all 60 state and 26 parliament seats including Labuan in the upcoming general election.
Meanwhile, Universiti Malaysia Sabah senior lecturer Dr Zaini Othman described PKS' manifesto as a bid to prove their relevance in Sabah politics.
"As a new party, it has to provide a 'wow effect' when issuing political statements.
"Most local political parties in Sabah have put their own manifesto based on local sentiments such as 'Sabah for Sabahans', Malaysia Agreement 1963, Sabah rights and other issues."
"However, it is difficult for them to execute the said manifesto as it will take long time as the process will involve a complicated analysis of the Constitution."