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Warisan: Why STAR and SAPP silent about trolley segregation?

KOTA KINABALU: Gabungan Rakyat Sabah component leaders should emulate their coalition partner Parti Bersatu Sabah in reprimanding a state PAS representative over remarks on segregating shopping trolleys, a Warisan leader said today.

Warisan treasurer-general Terrence Siambun said Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), in particular, should follow PBS which had rebuked nominated assemblyman Aliakbar Gulasan of PAS for his comments.

Aliakbar had said trolleys should be segregated for non-halal products in local shops, to which Siambun said the PAS rep had attempted to divide the people through religious bigotry instead of highlighting Sabah’s unique brand of religious coexistence.

He said STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan, who is deputy chief minister, “must now show some leadership in schooling his component partner by educating PAS as how PBS had done a few days ago”.

“Kitingan should emulate Sarawak deputy chief minister James Masing who showed strong leadership and had shown that he is not easily intimidated when anyone challenges Sarawak’s unique social fabric.”

Aliakbar’s call for the segregation of trolleys came after an incident at a supermarket in the interior Keningau district which, according to him, was selling pork without segregating the trolleys used by its customers.

He said this was an insult to the sensitivities of the Muslim community, adding that the supermarket should have checked with the religious authorities first.

PBS vice-president Johnny Mositun subsequently said he was concerned over what he described as “the beginning of signs of extremism creeping into the state”.

Meanwhile, Siambun also said there had been no news from GRS on the proposed Control and Restriction on the Propagation of Non-Muslim Religions Bill to be tabled in Parliament by Perikatan Nasional, as announced by the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (religious affairs) Ahmad Marzuki Shaary last March.

“The time will come when Kitingan, (chief minister) Hajiji Noor or deputy chief minister Bung Moktar Radin will eventually retire but unfortunately it will be our children and grandchildren who will have to bear a myriad of issues relating to racial and religious division because of weak leadership,” he said.

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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.”

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Warisan: Stop Talking, Act on Unresolved MA63 Issues

Press Statement by the Secretary General of Warisan, Datuk Loretto Padua Jr. and former Assistant State Minister of Education and Innovation, Jennifer Lasimbang

16 April 2021

KOTA KINABALU : Warisan today chided the Federal Minister of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs, Dr. Maximus Ongkili whom the party said to be spending too much time talking on trivial issue while neglecting more important matters that affect the Sabahans.

The former Assistant Minister of the now defunct State Ministry of Education and Innovation, Jennifer Lasimbang said Ongkili should not waste anymore time on talking about the 17 points or Ligitan but move on and quickly solve the myriad of pressing issues in Sabah.

“Maybe PH’s commitment on the 17 points of the MA63 is the only political lifeline that both PBS and Ongkili has now hence the reason why they are talking about it incessantly hoping that Sabahans will forget the party’s inept failure despite spending 20 years in copulation with Umno.

Since Ongkili is the Minister of Sabah & Sarawak Affairs, my advice to him is to stop wasting time on such petty issues and to start delivering what Sabah and Sarawak entitled for when we formed the Federation of Malaysia particularly regarding the sorry conditions of our schools that desperately requires better school facilities and utilities, new furnitures, modern teaching aids, internet connectivity and liveable hostels environment,” she said in a statement today.

The former consultant to the Unicef Malaysia and UN Development Programme also said that during her 2 years stint as the State Assistant Minister, her fact-finding missions all over the State unearth shocking revelation where almost half of the schools in Sabah are categorized as ‘daif’.

“Out of the 1296 schools in Sabah, 589 are classified as ‘daif’ where our schoolchildren have to use water from the wells, rusted roofing causing water leakages when its rain, children having to endure hot condition because of non-functioning fans and worst of all, having to sleep on the floor without beds in inhabitable hostels.

Based on my decade long experience with UNICEF and UNDP, I would readily attest that the sorry conditions of our schools denotes lack of enthusiasm and vigour on the part of both our State and Federal Governments in the past to create a progressive society where our school-children from the rural areas will be given the opportunity to experience upward social mobility.

Sabahans will forever be indebted to Shafie Apdal, a true believer in education, who immediately established the Ministry of Education and Innovation soon after WarisanPlus came into power in 2018 and he had also been instrumental in securing the allocation of RM100 million in 2019 to repair 24 ‘sekolah daif’ and another RM445 million in 2020 under RMK-11 involving 61 ‘sekolah daif after series of meetings and discussions between with the Federal Ministries and Agencies.

With Shafie being an advocate on education and his conspicuous presence within the Federal Government, Sabah would have been the biggest gainer on education if PH Government was still in power today since we would have secured substantial amount of allocation especially for the repair and upgrading of ‘missions and vernacular’ schools in Sabah and the increment of the District Education Director’s allocation from the existing RM500,000 once the Twelfth Malaysian Plan (RMK12) rolled out and we have yet to take account into the sales tax collected from PETRONAS and the 40% entitlement which remain as one of the 4 unsolved points of the MA63.

So if Ongkili aspire to be a respectable Stateman, then he should stop bragging here and there about the 21 Points of MA63 as if he is a novice politician and start to think instead how to reduce Kota Marudu’s 46% poverty rate which is the 3rd highest in Malaysia and also to play an useful role regarding the conditions of our schools,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of Warisan, Datuk Loretto Padua Jr. reiterated that the party will continue to play its part to ensure Sabahan schoolchildren will receive better standard of education especially regarding school facilities and hostel accommodations.

“We had so many schoolchildren from the rural areas of Sabah who performed exceptionally well in academic, sports and extra curriculum activities and we need to ensure that these schools continue to produce talented students because one day, they will lead the nation in many ways.

Warisan inherited a very messy State from BN Sabah who grew complacent for having no competitor at all for almost 24 years and that complacency is the reason why they have no urgency or passion to ensure that our schoolchildren received equal standard on school facilities with those at KL.

Now imagine seeing a student who came from a poor family where his parents are unable to provide study materials or worst, a socially broken family where his parents engage in daily drinking stupors in their house – we should never conclude that this student is destined to inherit his parents’ current condition.

It is the role of the Government to prepare an escape route for that student and this route is known as education – hence the reason why Warisan want all our schools in the State to become a wonderful place for our schoolchildren so that they will be interested to come, study and pass their exams resulting them to have a much better prospect in life than they are now in.

Warisan will continue to place education as its priority and despite all the mockery made on our decision to establish the State’s Ministry of Education and Innovation, it managed to secure important deals for our schools hence we will re-establish this Ministry if the Sabahans agreeable to return back the mandate to us.

The missionaries who faced even greater challenges to provide education to the Sabahans back in the 1900s due to the lack of funds to build proper schools and resistance from parents who preferred their children to help them at the paddy field should become the beacon of light for us that nothing is impossible in eyes of the God and he might even help us as long as our fight is for the right intention,” he said.

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Warisan: SMIs’ Interests Is Our Priority

Joint Press Statement by the State Assemblyman for Kudat, Ben Chong and Deputy President of Warisan, Datuk Darell Leiking.

14 April 2021

KOTA KINABALU: Warisan today assured that it will continue to serve and protect the interests of the Small and Medium Industry (SMI) and micro-businesses players in Sabah and also to work out within the Federal level to remove barriers that impede the growth of that sector.

The State Assemblyman for Kudat, Ben Chong said the party is prioritizing the SMI and micro-businesses because they play important part in the nation building thru taxes and duties collected while at the same time, provide employment to the locals.

“Warisan believe that industrialization is the key if Sabah aspire to become a developed State with SMIs and micro-businesses the important building blocks in the process, hence, the need for us to protect their interests.

And until today, the party’s President, Shafie Apdal and his Deputy, Darell Leiking still maintain their ‘open door’ practice where they will engage with leaders or members of business associations or stakeholders directly or personally to understand their businesses needs.

The commitment is also reflected when Shafie allocated some RM40 million for the State’s micro-businesses thru Sabah Credit Corporation and another RM50 million loan for SME players during the announcement of the First Round of the Covid 19 Aid Package worth RM670 million in March 24, 2020.

And under the Second Round of the Covid 19 Aid Package t ‘Sabah New Deal’ worth RM240 million, RM60 million had been allocated to invigorate the digitalization of the private sector including SME and RM25 million interest-free loan allocated for those in the agrofood industry,,” he said in a statement today.

“In fact, Warisan placed high importance on SMIs and micro-businesses in Sabah through our Special Covid-19 Manifesto at last year’s State Election where we aspire to boost the setting up of cooperations, the opening up of strategic industrial hubs all over the State, to intensify the effort to bring in FDIs and DDIs thru MTI and InvestSabah and the introduction of Fast Track Special Permit to regulate and assist our youths who are doing home businesses,” he added.

The former State’s Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry also said the several impediments that hampered the growth of SMIs and micro-businesses in Sabah throughout the years require resolute commitment from the Federal Government for the solution, thus, the party’s power-sharing agreement with other political parties will be guided in solving the impediments.

“Many of the constraints that our SMIs and micro-businesses players have to face such as funds, grants, electricity tariffs, marketing in overseas, Cabotage, ports and infrastructure are dependent on the commitment and political will of parties that form the Federal Government of the day.

It is rather unfortunate that while Warisan was in the midst of getting these impediments removed such as by regaining SESB and the control of our gas or finding larger market for our Sabah-made products thru Matrade, the PH Government was toppled which subsequently saw the change of the State Government.

Since the interests of Sabah’s SMIs and micro-businesses is top priority for Warisan, it is imperative that our political partners understand the issues affecting our players, agree to remove whatever impediments there are and to assist our players to achieve their potentials,” he explained it.

Meanwhile, the Deputy President of Warisan, Darell Leiking said that one distinct feature that distinguishes Warisan from other political parties that it is committed to spread the economic opportunities to all.

“Warisan don’t care if you’re Malay, Chinese, Indian, Dayak, KDM, Bajau or if you’re Muslim or Non-Muslim or if you operate a stall or has a food processing or manufacturing business – your hard work and perseverance to do an honest business day and night so that you can provide for your family especially the education for your children will always inspire many, especially our youths, and including the President and myself too.

But hard work and perseverance alone are not enough because the business environment must also be conducive to ensure our players experience continuous growth hence herein the role of both the Federal and State Governments as ‘effective facilitators’ thru fair and effective distribution of funds and assistance to players who have performed well in the past.

And the Government need to invest more on building new ‘economic infrastructures’ that can help our SMIs and micro-businesses players such as e-commerce and not to spend too much time talking about the needs and policies of yesterday because in the end, the Federal Government will still be the biggest gainer through taxes and duties collected by them from our players,” he said.

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Warisan: Electoral Pact Must Benefit Sabah/Sarawak and Peninsular

KOTA KINABALU : Warisan reiterated today that that party will not be rushed into making electoral pact with other political parties or coalition for mere purpose of being in power and said that any pact to be entered must reflect true aspirations of the people and deep appreciation of the Sabahans and Sarawakians capabilities to rebuild the nation.

The Member of Parliament for Papar, Ahmad Hassan said that for 58 years, capable Sabahans and Sarawakians have been denied the chance to lead the nation despite many of them are capable to do so.

“I am not talking about the Ministerial posts being given to Sabahans/Sarawakians politicians who will come and go but the creation of a lasting formula to enable more eligible civil servants from both States to be appointed to lead Federal Governmental offices and also their empowerment.

This is true because even the former Chief Justice of Malaysia, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum had been denied the post two times before he was finally being appointed during the PH/Warisan era hence what more it will be for our civil servants working in Federal governmental bodies?

If public listed companies and global Multi National Corporations (MNCs) have no issue in allowing hundred thousands of capable Sabahans and Sarawakians to hold important positions that concern the fate of their establishments, then why the same cannot be applied for when it comes to the drafting of Act of Parliament, policies and decision-making processes for Malaysia?

Don’t simply talk about respecting Sabah’s and Sarawak’s rights covered in MA63 as if both States operate in silo in Malaysia where all we need is some regional autonomies and monetary entitlement in return for our oil and gas taken.

The 25 Parliamentary seats that Sabah has signify our right to determine the direction of the country and it all starts from the draft of policies or decisions prepared by the Agencies of a Ministry – no matter how much autonomy or entitlement we received, the implementation of the Act of Parliament, policies or decisions will still affect the Sabahans,” he said today.

The Member of Parliament for Kalabakan, Ma’mun Sulaiman meanwhile said that any electoral pact to be entered into by Warisan should reflect the balance between Sabah’s and Sarawak’s inherent rights under the MA63 and the party’s aspirations to rebuild Malaysia.

“Warisan cannot enter into a pact for mere reason of getting into power – we need to ensure that we also have the upper-hand on matters relating to MA63 and the development of less develop States if we come into power thru that pact and this must be stated clearly.

Sabah share a plethora of problems on poverty, education and health standard in the rural areas, job and business opportunities for the youth, infrastructure, security and IT with other less developed States in Malaysia such as Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak and Terengganu.

If the pact is only to ensure Sabahan politicians to become Ministers, then the pact is useless because it will not solve our fundamental problems – Warisan believe that the correct approach is that all these States should sit down together and find the right solution with the Federal Government making any consensus achieved a national priority without having to resort to ‘race or religion’ polemics, the same way Sabah and Sarawak had worked together on the 21 Points on MA63.

Warisan has Shafie Apdal who understand the needs of the poor and ordinary Malaysians because he also came from an ordinary family and having understood the multitude of problems that the country faced throughout his 30 years service in the Federal Government in various Ministries, we can come out with the correct economic development plans in these less-developed States and make it a national priority,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Treasurer General of Warisan, Terrence Siambun said that for practical reason, the party will need to enter into a pact if it aspire to play important roles to rebuild Malaysia based on its Unity agenda.

“But it does not mean that we will simply make a pact with the conspirators who toppled the legitimate PH Government thru Sheraton Move nor are we interested with those who are adamant to turn Malaysia into an Islamic country.

How will Warisan be able to promote its own agendas thru an alliance that promote contradicting agendas and more so, when that alliance is being dominated by a party full of self-serving and ravenous Supreme Council Members?

Warisan may not have the monies to buy politicians or voters but at least we still have our dignity, credibility and passion to do what is right,” he concluded.

  1. Treasurer General of Warisan, Terrence Siambun
  2. Member of Parliament for Papar, Ahmad Hassan
  3. Member of Parliament for Kalabakan, Ma’mun Sulaiman
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Warisan: Covid 19 is a Test for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU : A Warisan leader had today lamented the State Government’s stance of allowing the PN-led Federal Government in deciding the action plans and decisions on Covid 19 management in Sabah, calling it as ‘sad’.

The Deputy President of Warisan, Datuk Darell Leiking, such stand by the GRS-led State Government can potentially delay the economic recovery of the State and pointed out that even Sarawak is handling the pandemic itself.

“With the vaccination process now taking place in the country, we can say that we are now entering the post-Covid 19 period where the economy is slowly opening up with people going back to work.

However it is rather sad to note that several important sectors in Sabah are now facing inefficiencies due to the unnecessary SOPs decided by the PN-led Federal Government that are troublesome to Sabahan employees which in turn, will reduce their performance and productivity at work place,” he said in a statement today.

“While Sarawak has it’s own State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) that is empowered to manage the vaccination process for Sarawakian employees in service, hotel, construction, manufacturing and plantation sectors, GRS disbanded the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre (previously established by Shafie Apdal) and instead allowed the National Security Council (MKN) to make all the decisions for Sabah.

This dependency on MKN consequentially had caused Sabah to loose its capability to manage its own administration and this is evidenced when Sabahan offshore workers currently have to endure unnecessary SOPs of 10 days quarantine before leaving for offshore and another 10 days when coming back into the State with 2 swabs for each travel.

The question now arises whether such time and money consuming SOP faced by our Sabahan offshore workers is really that necessary considering that Sabahans can now travel to KL without such quarantine – obviously this type of SOP will create some reservation on the part the oil and gas investors who want to reap full benefits from the recovering global economy by investing in this sector here.

And Sabah will be the biggest loser when these investors eventually shift their attention to Sarawak instead,” he explained it.

The former Minister of International Trade and Industry said that it is imperative that Sabah must now manage its own post Covid 19 SOPs to prevent the State from missing out from the recovering global economy.

“I understand why we need to come out with these SOPs but the State Government must emphatize and prioritize the troubles facing our Sabahan workers due to the ‘one size fits all’ type of policy created by the PN-led Federal Government and argue for their case.

Covid 19 management is actually a test for any Government whether it is capable to meet up with all the present and future challenges and this is exactly what the Sarawakian leaders have in mind when they choose to handle everything on their own.

The State Government should be proactive by engaging in continuos discussions with all the industry players in Sabah and to come out with our own methodology in managing the State in this post-Covid 19 period instead of leaving everything to the Federal Government to decide.

All is not gone yet for GRS and it still can revive the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre previously established by Shafie Apdal and make its own decisions because we should be brave enough to handle matters that relates to our own State’s economy.

This will reduce our financial and economic dependencies with the Federal Government and in turn, make our State at a stronger position when it comes to asserting our inherent rights and privileges under MA63 – how can we talk about if we are politically and economically in a weak position?”

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Warisan Kekal Berprinsip, Bukan Dikawal Oleh Sesiapa

“Amat mengejutkan dan melucukan dakwaan sesetengah pihak yang berani mengatakan bahawa Warisan adalah di bawah pengaruh seseorang seperti Tun Mahathir.”

“Harus diingat penubuhan Warisan adalah hasil daripada suara PERPADUAN rakyat Sabah untuk melihat perubahan berlaku dalam lanskap politik negara khususnya bagi menentang kerajaan yang rasuah, kleptokrat dan tidak telus. Memetik kenyataan Setiausaha Agung Warisan Datuk Loreto Padua Jr. berkenaan perkara ini yang mana ianya amat tepat dan kita di sayap Wira Warisan menyokong akan kenyataan tersebut.”

“Kita tahu ada pihak-pihak tertentu yang sengaja untuk mencemarkan nama dan misi perjuangan Warisan. Bagi kita, ianya hanyalah persepsi yang jauh terpesong dan mereka sebenarnya khuatir dengan keupayaan dan kekuatan parti yang berlandaskan kesatuan semua kaum ini.”

“Sejarah membuktikan bahawa kita tidak pernah mahu meletakkan diri kita di bawah pengaruh mana-mana pihak terutama Tun M, semasa era kerajaan PH sekalipun kita bukanlah ahli kepada PH itu tetapi kita hanya rakan sekutu yang menyokong dan berjuang di atas prinsip yang sama.”

“Kita mungkin hanya berkongsi wadah perjuangan yang serupa dengan pihak lain dalam menentang kleptokrasi, rasuah dan ketidaktelusan, namun untuk kita ‘dikawal’ oleh pihak tertentu adalah seperti jauhnya panggang dari api.”

“Sebagai contoh, konsep UNITY atau Perpaduan yang dicaknakan dalam perjuangan Warisan adalah hasil terjemahan kepelbagaian suku kaum dan agama orang Sabah itu sendiri. Rakyat di bawah panji Warisan kuat berpadu dan bertoleransi dan dapat membawa suara perjuangan orang Sabah itu dapat didengar ke seluruh pelusuk tanah air. Terbukti dengan usaha kita selama ini menghasilkan beberapa kejayaan yang telah kita kecapi khususnya dalam perjuangan kita menuntut hak rakyat Sabah di dalam MA 63.”

“Kini, konsep Unity atau Perpaduan ini ternyata menjadi ikutan dan ‘siulan’ rakyat marhaen seluruh tanah air dalam impian kita membina semula negara.”

“Semua orang tahu, Datuk Seri Shafie selaku Presiden Parti Warisan merupakan individu yang telah memperkenalkan dan selalu menekankan kata-kata ‘We are here to build a nation, not a particular race or religion’, bukannya Tun M atau Datuk Seri Anwar mahupun tokoh-tokoh lain.”

“Wira Warisan amat menyedari hakikat dan merasai betapa perit dan payahnya kita menyemai bibit perjuangan semasa penubuhan awal parti ini, kita berjuang di dalam acuan perpaduan yang kita bentuk bersama sebagai orang Sabah, kita teluskan perjuangan parti ini atas nama dan kehendak orang Sabah bukannya atas kemahuan atau arahan pihak-pihak tertentu.”

“Kita (Warisan) bukan boneka pada sesiapa, suka saya nyatakan bahawa kami adalah kami, rakyat Sabah yang berpadu menjadi contoh cerminan ulung keharmonian Bangsa Malaysia, kita yakin dan percaya suatu masa kelak kita akan dapat buktikan bahawa ‘Sabah will lead the way’ berpaksikan perpaduan yang sudah sekian lama bertaut di kalangan rakyat Sabah dan akan menjadi contoh ikutan seluruh Bangsa Malaysia.”

Don’t Stop Believing

Norazmi Hj. Alimat
Exco Wira Warisan.