PENAMPANG: Parti Warisan Sabah has slammed Donald Mojuntin, the Secretary General of UPKO, saying he has conveniently twisted what Shafie Apdal had said in relation to the position of PBS, Upko and PBRS as BN component parties.
Shafie, who is Parti Warisan president, did not mention anything but facts and that is the component parties remained quiet with UMNO’s affair with PAS (a party that pushes for Islamic rule), said Terrence Siambun, the party’s Treasurer General
Siambun said what Shafie had actually touched on was that PBS, UPKO and PBRS all failed to take full advantage as BN component parties to ensure that Christianity is protected not only in Sabah, but in the whole of Malaysia.
“Shafie had correctly pointed out that PBS, UPKO and PBRS are “hypocrites” when these parties portray themselves as ‘heroes’ back here in Sabah when they have not reprimanded UMNO over their special affair with PAS.
“I am assuming that Donald just issued the statement without full knowledge or knowing the full contents of Shafie’s speech with the Church leaders in the Interior and perhaps may probably had just agreed to issue the same after his UMNO political masters instructed him accordingly,” said Siambun in a statement.
“In the matter over the ‘Allah’ issue the same components remained nonchalant when it comes to the interest of Christians all over the Federation of Malaysia.
When the Federal Cabinet decided to come out with the 10-Point Solution, it brought the effect that the word “Allah” can only be used by the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak but not peninsular comprise of indigenous Sabahans and Sarawakians, students and migrants who live there.
Being a Christian-dominated BN component parties, PBS, Upko and PBRS cannot be absolved by saying that the religious issue happening at KL is not their problem when in actual fact, the issue at hand relates to Christianity as a whole in where the same right is ‘already guaranteed under the Federal Constitution’ and it is not confined to only State’s rights or privileges.
Because if by doing so (absolving themselves), then it is akin as if PBS, UPKO and PBRS regards the Catholics/Christians at KL as ‘different’ version from the Christians at Sabah which is illogical at all,” he explained it.
Siambun said with the tabling of the Private Members Bill amending RUR355 by the PAS President, and which had the tacit support from UMNO, those in PBS, UPKO and PBRS again opted not to reprimand UMNO for allowing such a tabling by PAS despite the fact that :
(1). these parties are Christian-dominated BN component parties; and
(2). the threat of the amendment proposed to RUU355 so as eventually make its way into Sabah and to further erode our position of secularism is real.
“In fact, Shafie had clearly stated it that PBS, UPKO and PBRS did not say a word about UMNO’s open cooperation with PAS which are deemed by most to oppose secularism; this is what that Mojuntin must answer,” he added
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