By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
PENAMPANG: If the frequent lamentations of “Melayu Mudah Lupa” by former premier, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad are anything to go by, it appears that some Kadazan too are prone to the same predicament.
Taking a swipe at the secretary-general of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Johnny Mositun for his “emergence of new political parties when general elections loom near was akin to the arrival of the fruit season” remark, Warisan information chief, Honorsius A Bosuin responded:
“Perhaps Tun Dr Mahathir can now rest easy because the Kadazans are more prone to his lamentation… I wonder if Mositun is aware that his party PBS was registered just before nomination day in the 1985 GE (general election).”
According to Bosuin, PBS president, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan had been welcomed by United Pasok Nunukragang National Organisation (PASOK) and was even offered the presidency by the party’s chief at that time, Ignatius Stephen Malanjum.
“However, when Kuala Lumpur saw Pasok’s rating shooting up they hastily registered PBS thinking perhaps that the people would be split and it would then favour Berjaya,” he said.
PBS steamrolled Berjaya with a lot of help from Tun Mustapha Harun’s USNO but PBS refused to honour their pact.
“Thanks to Pairin’s decision to reject USNO there was little option for them but to fight PBS and in the course of that fight UMNO conveniently sailed to Sabah,” he added.
Bosuin said for Mositun to claim that new political parties would start to emerge when general elections draw near was ludicrous.
“He ought to know that the registration of (political) parties is masterminded by his bosses from Putrajaya as a means to split the voters, more so at this stage when Warisan has triggered a political tsunami in Sabah.
“Mositun should therefore be extremely grateful to Putrajaya for the added diversion in Sabah so that the ruling BN government can cling to power,” he quipped.