One Police Report Stirs The Hornets’ Nest; What If There Were 12


COMMENT: It is quite surprising that Sabah Umno Youth Chief Aziz Julkarnain came out in defence of Zainnal Ajamain soon after Sepanggar Warisan Wira lodged a police report against the latter (Zainnal).

This shows how easy it is for Zainnal to switch his allegiance when no one wants to entertain his demands. This shows that all his so called activism, and so called pledge to defend Sabah rights comes with certain requirements, and he wants something in return. Does this sound like an honest man?

The police report made by Wira Warisan clearly shows that the Sabah government led by Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal does not practise abuse of power, but rather leaves it to the law to determine whether such acts by Zainnal to ridicule the Chief Minister is correct or not. That is not autocratic. And it is only one police report that has been officially filed with the police and already we see who came out to defend this Zainnal.

I recall on April 15, 2015 when I made a comment against Musa Aman, for his lacklustre performance as a Chief Minister at that time and for failing to renegotiate the Oil Royalty agreement. I posted a comment in my official Facebook.

In immediate response 12 Umno Youth divisions lodged police reports against me, and a month later I was escorted out of my office with two officers from the Special Branch, two Special officers from Bukit Aman Multimedia Division, and two other ranked police officers. I remember clearly, that same day, I was escorted to Special Branch office in Karamunsing, it was the day after the kidnapping incident at Ocean King in Sandakan.

So how can Aziz Julkarnain say the eight-month old Sabah Warisan government is practising an autocratic attitude? It is only one police report and nobody is demanding Zainnal to be quiet.

Compare that to my situation four years ago when the Umno Youth branches filed a police report and demanded my mouth to be shut?

The Sepanggar Warisan Youth certainly abided by the law, and only wanted police to open an investigation. Clearly as crystal this is no abuse of power. And this character of a so-called activist is whining about one police report?

For the record Aziz wrongly quoted Datuk Seri Shafie’s call for “Sabah for Sabahan”. It is “SABAHAN FOR SABAH” which is more meaningful and inclusive. Sabahan fighting, delivering, for the love of Sabah.

With regards to allocations for school repairs; I am quite surprised that both Aziz Julkarnain and Zainnal are not aware that Sabah now has its own Ministry of Education and Innovation and last July 2018, this ministry has announced an RM20 million allocation for scholarships, repairs and to support PIBG (parent teacher associations) on related issues.

• Jo Nandu is a former Sabah Social Activist with over 10 years of involvement and is currently Senior Special Officer to Terrence A Siambun, the Nominated Assemblyman