PETALING JAYA – Youth activist Jufazli Shi Ahmad, a vocal critic of Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, will take the Umno supreme council member head on in the next general election.
Speaking to FMT, Jufazli, who is the founder of Gerakan Anak Muda Selamatkan Sabah (GAMSS) said he would stand in Musa’s stronghold of Sungai Sibuga in Sandakan.
In the last general election, Musa romped to victory with an 11,569 vote majority in a five-cornered fight. He has not lost the Sungai Sibuga seat since first standing there in 1999.
Jufazli, 27, said he would be giving up his job as a lecturer at a private university to concentrate on fighting for a better Sabah.
“I will be based in Sandakan until the election. It will be an uphill task, but it is not impossible to beat him,” said Jufazli.
He said he would be raising many issues, including an alleged timber scandal involving Musa, the Sabah “Watergate” issue, the Malaysia Agreement 1963, jobless youths and education issues.
He also told FMT he would be working on two main initiatives, namely an education programme and a research project.
The education programme, called Sekolah Rakyat Sabah, will be launched in January next year and will seek to improve on the weaknesses of the education syllabus in Sabah. Jufazli claimed it was now orientated too much towards the Umno and Barisan Nasional regime in the state.
“Sabah’s history has been omitted and political education in public or private institutes of higher learning in Sabah have not been properly developed.”
On the research project, Jufazli said the research would focus on the demands of the Sabah electorate for GE14.
He added the research would also highlight alleged election offences by Umno and BN.
Last month, FMT reported that Jufazli confirmed his intention to stand in GE14 but that he would not join any political party for now.
He will stand on the ticket of a party which offers Sabahans the best deal.
Jufazli, who boasts close to 40,000 Facebook fans, was arrested by the police in Kuala Lumpur for his criticism of Musa and the Sabah government.
He was investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.
He has yet to be charged in court.
- This article was first published in freemalaysiatoday.com