KOTA KINABALU, May 27 – Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan Rakyat) opposes the use of the abbreviation ”Harapan” for any political organisation apart from the party in this country as it could confuse the people in Sabah. Its president, Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin, however, said the party would not oppose the use of the abbreviation ”Harapan” for any non-governmental organisation (NGO).
“Harapan Rakyat wishes to lodge a protest with the Registrar of Society (ROS) where several political parties wished to be registered using the abbreviation ”Harapan. For example Parti Harapan Malaysia, this is a problem. Many people may be confused on the position of Harapan Rakyat.
“Although Pakatan Harapan did not register, we also want to protest because the use of the word ”Harapan” in the organisation can confuse the people in the state of Sabah,” he told reporters here today. Thus, Lajim urged the ROS to reject the registration of any political party wishing to register using the abbreviation ”Harapan”.
In the meanwhile, he also said that if Umno and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) could oppose the use of the word ”Bersatu” for parti Pribumi, then parti Harapan Rakyat could also oppose the use of the word ”Harapan” for any other political party as the party had already used the word.
At the media conference, Lajim also announced the entry of the former adviser of parti Pertubuhan Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Bersatu (UPKO) Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan Datuk Peter Kong into Parti Harapan Rakyat and subsequently appointed him as the party”s Deputy President 3 to fill up the Chinese quota. — Bernama