By DENIS GIMPAH
COMMENT: Loretto S Padua’s (Parti Warisan Secretary General) call for an end to race-based politics in a sense is actually not very far from the truth. It is for that reason that Parti Cinta Sabah is registered as a multiracial-based political party.
However, in reality and in the current scenario where voters tend to vote along racial lines, the totality for ‘one-party-for-all-races’ cannot yet be realized in multi-racial and multi-cultural Malaysia.
BERJAYA and PBS cannot be made the bench mark for a successful multi-racial party as both parties won with the support of only two of the three major communities in Sabah.
While PBS is still trying its best to reflect itself as being a multi-racial party, nevertheless it is still considered as a Kadazan-based party as the Chinese support for PBS have dwindled in recent years.
As for BERJAYA, history has shown us what happened to this party and where its former leaders are. And by the way, BERJAYA and followed especially by PBS was actually moving towards a one-party-for-all-races at the height of its power but then UMNO came and Sabahans were then split into various political parties in a divide-and-rule tactic that conveniently assisted UMNO to come into power in Sabah.
It would take many years for us in Sabah, especially, to return to that scenario.
For a multi-racial-based political party to succeed and accepted by the people, sincerity must be the core value being demonstrated by its leaders. Video clips of leaders of a political party with fiery speeches calling for the end of the political era of one group of community from the western side of Sabah and the beginning on an era by another community group from the eastern side are being viralled.
And yet at the same time, other leaders in the same party are riding on a different political wave length. Where is the consistency?
The bottom line is, no matter how a political party is being portrayed, a political party is only as good as its leader. At the end of the day, when polling day comes, with the exception of a few, the majority of the voters will vote along racial lines.
A coalition of various political parties representing the various group of communities is still the best option if we want to get rid of UMNO’s dominance in Sabah and achieve total regime change.
• Denis Gimpah is deputy Secretary-General of Parti Cinta Sabah
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