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Party Bersatu Sabah

[Party Bersatu Sabah (Malaysia)] image from the Party Bersatu Sabah website

From the Party Bersatu Sabah website:

PBS' political struggle is motivated by the vision to create a developed, harmonious, united and prosperous Sabah within the Federation of Malaysia through genuine practice of parliamentary democracy, dignified political conduct, balanced development and professional administration.
The flag of the party
The part nearest to the rope is red which signifies courage; the centre is white which signifies purity and superimposed with the symbol and badge of the Party; and the end portion is blue which signifies peace and tranquility.
Symbol and badge
The symbol and the badge of the Party shall be two hands clasped in handshake over the green map of Sabah outlined in bold brown inside a brown-sided square with the 'PARTY BERSATU SABAH' below it. The 'handshake' shall signify unity, friendship and cooperation among people of Sabah; the colour 'green' shall signify the wealth with special emphasis on the agro-based nature of the State of Sabah; the colour 'brown' shall signify the fertility of its soil and the shape 'square' shall signify equality and justice among all the people in Sabah.

Dov Gutterman, 18 March 1999

PASOK (United PASOK Nunukragang National Organization)

[PASOK (Sabah, Malaysia)] image located by Valentin Poposki, 18 October 2008

PASOK is an abbreviation for Parti Anak Sabah Orang Kita. The full title of the party in English is United PASOK Nunukragang National Organization:

Objectives and aims:


  •  To foster and to promote National Unity and harmony amongst the Indigenous people of Sabah;
  • To instill and promote mutual confidence and goodwill amongst the people of Sabah irrespective of race and religion;
  • To safeguard and to protect the rightful position, rights and knowledge of the indigenous people of Sabah;
  • To uphold and to promote the Five Principles of the Rukun Negara as National Philosophy.
  • To safeguard and promote the traditional Customs and Cultures of the indigenous people and to preserve the freedom of worship;
  • To uphold and promote the principles of Parliamentary and democratic form of Government through harmony and consensus.
  • To work with other Political Organisation with similar aims and objectives within Malaysia so as to uphold the healthy development of Party Politics.

And down on the same page you can see the PASOK flag:
Valentin Poposki, 18 October 2008

Sabah Democratic Party

Parti Demokratik Sabah

[Parti Demokratik Sabah (Malaysia)] image by António Martins

Sabah Progressive Party

[Sabah Progressive Party (Malaysia)] image by António Martins

From the Sabah Progressive Party website:

The symbol of the Party shall be the map of Sabah in green, with sky-blue background and a rising sun yellow in colour, enclosed in a square box with a purple border. Colour Scheme: Sky blue signifies the depth of vision; yellow rising sun signifies the brightness of Sabah's future in Malaysia. Green Sabah map signifies the beauty of her people, nature and the richness in resources. The purple border signifies the unity of Malaysians in Sabah. The flag of the Party shall be the symbol enclosed in a rectangular area with seven red stripes on both sides of the symbol with white background.

Dov Gutterman, 19 March 1999

I saw this flag in TV and reported it mistakenly as the flag of Sandakan. The sun I reported as white circle and the green as arms. Later I received information from Sandakan that this wasn't the city flag, now we know it is the SPP flag.
Jaume Ollé
, 21 March 1999

 I saw this flag in a TV documentary about Sandakan and I counted 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. I thought that I was wrong because there are several drawn images of the flag on the web with seven red stripes and seven white stripes. But now I believe that I was correct. I collected last year many images of the flag and none has seven-seven stripes, all are with seven-six stripes (or all stripes are not visible).

I assume that 7 red and 6 white is the correct arrangement, and that the 7-7 version is a mistake from the stripes in the Malaysian flag. If I’m right, 13 are the Malay subjects and 14 mean the 13 states plus the federal territories, then a 14 stripe is not too adequate in a federal state.
Jaume Ollé, 22 June 2014