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Your Say: A Long Walk to Unity Among KDM

By Jennifer Tugung

There is still a long walk to unity especially among KDM people and its leader. The Chinese Sabahan has united; the Muslim has united; the KDM? The Sabah State Election 2020 is truly a reflection on disunity among KDM.

Even until today, the Kadazan-Dusun community still grapples with unity. Those living in the urban areas might understood this but those in the rural areas? The KDM leaders should make it an ambition to unite everyone and not divide us, KDM.

Shafie is often regarded as ‘tawi-tawi’ or associate with the word ‘pilak’ just because He is of Bajau/ Suluk descent; the introduction of PSS which was wrongly interpreted by the people.

I can’t blame them since the previous minister has somewhat failed to make people comprehend. What saddens me is when my very own KDM friends called him ‘pilak’( I hate using this word, I think it’s the same thing when you use the N word in US). A friend of mine casually explains to me “KDM sangat racist, macam mana mau unite”.

While I understand the PTI issue in Sabah is very critical and sensitive but not only we have grown more divided over the years (ever since UMNO set a foothold here in Sabah), we have also developed prejudice/racism towards those living in the East Coast of Sabah. How sad.

I hope one day KDM, regardless of political views and beliefs, could walk hand in hand in unity to fight for our rights. Om kumaa Mandela.. ogumu poh lahan au navaza diaha.

Tap on the news link to read what Datuk Darell has said previously during the Sabah State Election. I think it’s a good message to all of us KDM. Rakyat Sabah Pantai Timur dan Pantai Barat perlu bersatu.

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Warisan: Thanks But No Thanks

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan today declined the invitation made by the President of STAR, Jeffrey Kitingan to join Perikatan Nasional (PN) saying that the comment made by the Deputy Chief Minister as ‘humorous’.

The Treasurer General of Warisan, Terrence Siambun said that Kitingan conveniently forgot to invite PBS to formally join Perikatan Nasional (PN) and yet, he (Kitingan) invited Warisan instead.

“Could it be the case that PBS, just like Warisan, had also rejected Jeffrey’s overtures for PBS to officially join PN?” he said in a statement today.

Siambun also said that Kitingan should realize that Shafie Apdal’s reply on his preference to work with Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) was merely a respond to a question made by a journalist on whether there had been any discussion with other parties on working together with Warisan.

“Datuk Seri Shafie’s preference to work with PBS were that it shares similar struggles for Sabahans as Warisan and that its President (Ongkili) is a long time personal friend of Shafie and had been a consistent advocate on Sabah’s rights as well.

PBS is also a state-based party that had been consistent throughout these years since its formation and having had been a victim of leap-frogging (the fall of PBS Government after the State General Elections in 1994),” he explained it.

He also said that the unique position held by PBS in the Government allows it to determine the course and direction of the party without having being dictated by others.

“It is also worthy to note that PBS is not a formal component member of BN or PN but only supports the Government of the Day and whose support we are certain is contingent upon ensuring the Malaysia Agreement 1963 are wholly implemented and that Sabahans are given their rightful place in the Federation.

This could well be the reason why PBS President Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili was given the task to helm the Ministry of Sabah & Sarawak Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Department,” he said.

Siambun also said that Warisan do not wish to be associated with PAS in PN that had rejected the Bill to amend the Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution.

“Jeffrey whose STAR party is a formal member of PN also work closely with PAS which is the party that had outrightly rejected the Government’s Bill initiated by Warisan’s Batu Sapi Member of Parliamen to Batu Sapi, the Late Datuk Liew Vui Keong (VK Liew) to Amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to reinstate Sabah and Sarawak to its original definition prior to the 1976 Federal Constitutional amendment.

Perhaps Jeffrey should also clarify his position once more on why he is willing to work with PAS whose party (which now has a Nominated State Assemblyman in Sabah) had outrightly rejects the reinstatement of Sabah and Sarawak as an equal partner of the Federation and its original spirit and definition prior to the amendment in 1976,” he said.

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Warisan: Sabah Needs To Assert As Equal Partner

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan today reiterated the need for Sabah to assert itself as an equal partner in the Federation of Malaysia particularly in the drafting and approval process of national policies that would affect everyone in the country.

The party’s Treasurer General, Terrence Siambun said that Sabah cannot continue to remain subservient to the wishes and at the mercy of the power players at Putrajaya for the State’s development.

“Some Sabahan politicians even went as far as bootlicking leaders from Peninsular whom are said to be understanding and accommodating to the plights of the State.

The very act of bootlicking contradicts the idea of Sabah as an equal partner – what we need is Sabahans being given wider opportunity to determine the course and direction of the country particularly in policy and decision making.

And on matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, we must show a very strong and affirmative role as leader to represent and argue for the case of stakeholders from Sabah affected by policies or decisions made under the said jurisdiction,” he said in a statement today.

Siambun was commenting on the report by Daily Express, a local daily from Sabah that earned praises from Datuk Wong Khen Thau, the President of MICCI for the Cabotage Policy highlight resulting the Federal Government to withhold the repeal of the exemption.

“Early last month, I have highlighted the appeal and proposals made by our local tourism players to the Federal Government which should not had happened because those in power should have empathized with their predicaments and argued for their case in the first place.

How could we leave our local tourism players to their own devices at this trying time when they have consistently contributed to the State’s coffer and provide employment to Sabahans before the pandemic?

And now, when a local daily and a prominent activist managed to successfully postpone the repealing of the exemption, a particular PN component party that had been very vocal against the Cabotage Policy in the past suddenly have grown eerily quite when the issue resurfaced.

I would like to believe that the President of this party had argued tooth and nail with the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin behind the scene but it is apparent that this had not happened and interestingly, coffeeshop and kopitiam patrons still remember what he previously had said on the policy more than me,” he explained it.

He added that the process of election essentially is about voting the best leaders who will represent the aspirations and interests of the constituents, stakeholders and State in general.

“How can you ask the people to vote for you during the election time and undertake to be responsible in myriad of issues relating to Sabah but suddenly become powerless after coming into power – whether you like it or not, the voters expect you to understand their situation and fight for them,” he added.

Siambun also said that Warisan will not trade its credibility in return of quick gains or personal opportunities to be enjoyed by several individuals in the party and said potential allies must understand the aspiration of the party.

“It took years with daily challenges to create a credible reputation and it will be foolish for Warisan to ditch its reputation now in return of some gains and opportunities to be enjoyed by several select individuals under the guise of ‘doing it for the people’ more so when the current governing coalition is weakened.

What we had been saying so far about the future of Sabah under PN is correct and the current political dynamics necessitate us to seize the opportunity to play a bigger role in this Federation.

Obviously we cannot do it with Umno, Bersatu and PAS because their immediate priorities and agendas contradict Sabah’s core social aspects and MA63 yet at the same time, we cannot allow these parties to continue with their antiquities because this will eventually destroy the country.

Having said these, Warisan is fully aware that to defeat BN and PN, we need political allies but potential allies must understand our aspirations and our responsibilities towards the State and Sabahans and the need to argue for their cases within the Federal level.”