“STAR Sabah is pleased to clarify that the Party is qualified to contest in PRU-13, both in State DUN and Parliament seats, nationwide as confirmed by the SPR Sabah Director at a meeting with the SPR yesterday. STAR is also listed in the approved political parties qualified to contest in PRU-13.” announced Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Chairman of STAR Sabah at a Press Conference held to announce STAR’s stand on the Sabah Land and NCR issue.
The meeting with the State SPR was arranged to seek clarifications from the SPR following the unfounded rumours being spread by other desperate political parties against STAR Sabah following its meteoric rise in support from the people in Sabah and growing base in Sarawak.
STAR is being targeted by these rumours and political parties so as to deflect their dwindling support as well as their inability to answer to the empowerment and enlightenment of the people on the real issues, formation of Malaysia, the down-grading from equal partnership status to a mere 12th and 13th states in Malaysia, marginalization of the people in Sabah and Sarawak, lop-sided revenue taking by the federal government and 95% of the oil revenue by Petronas and the neo-colonization of the Borneo States as diligently spread by STAR through their Borneo Tea Parties.
Although STAR is qualified and entitled to contest even seats in the Peninsular, the Party will focus on their core support areas in Sabah and Sarawak and do not intend to contest in the Peninsular.
The Party is fully prepared to contest in the PRU-13 and have launched its election machinery in many of its core areas although efforts are being made to team up with the other opposition parties to ensure a 1 to 1 contest with the Barisan Nasional.
Even in areas that STAR does not plan to contest, the election machinery in those areas will ensure that the support for STAR will be thrown behind the united opposition to topple the BN federal and state governments.
“As the Party has also signed the Integrity Pledge with Transparency International – Malaysia, announcements will be made soon on the seats the Party plan to contest” added Dr. Jeffrey.