This comes after Ceasar Mandela Malakun’s admission on Wednesday that Bersatu is indeed a Peninsula-based party.
Ceasar who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth vice-chief
had claimed that political parties are just vehicles and Sabahans do not mind whether the party is based in the Peninsula or Sabah.
Responding to Ceasar’s statement, Warisan Kota Kinabalu Information Chief, Samuel Wong said the right platform matters because it will affect policies concerning Sabah and Sabahans.
“People like Ceasar and his boss do not matter because they are worried about their positions in their very own Malayan-based parties.”
“From time to time, they may need to ‘kowtow’ to their KL bosses. So, they may need to compromise their positions to avoid offending their party leaders and colleagues who are based thousands of miles away in KL.
“With conflict of interests, can Sabahans still rely on such leaders to fight for Sabah’s best interests?,” Samuel asked in a statement released here today.
Citing an example, Samuel who is also Warisan Luyang Chinese Coordinator said it has been proven that leaders in Peninsula-based parties have questionable approaches, when dealing with Sabah’s interests or political leaders interests.
“Let me remind Ceasar and his colleagues that PAS has not won a single seat in any election in Sabah. This is solid proof that Sabahans reject PAS and its extreme ideologies over the past 50 years.”
“But Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor who is Ceasar’s boss went behind Sabahans’ back and appointed a PAS leader into the Sabah State Assembly. This is shocking,” Samuel said.
Samuel further questioned whether that appointment was the result of some sort of horse trading between PAS President, Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang and Bersatu President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in Kuala Lumpur so that Sabah and its resources can be plundered and shared among politicians based in KL.
“Can we still trust the Bersatu-led GRS coalition to fight for Sabah and the interests and rights of Sabahans?”
Apart from the nominated assemblyman appointment, Samuel also took to task Bersatu’s leaders in Sabah over Hadi’s controversial remarks.
“Did any Bersatu leader in Sabah or Ceasar’s boss say anything when PAS leaders made numerous divisive remarks?”
“Hadi had claimed that non-Muslims are the root of corruption. Another PAS leader, Nik Zawawi claimed that the Holy Bible is distorted.”
“But of course, the Bersatu-led GRS did nothing to ban such divisive politicians from entering Sabah despite having immigration powers to do so.
“Hajiji who is Ceasar’s boss did nothing. Hadi is still free to enter this state due to the Bersatu cooperation with PAS under Perikatan Nasional (PN).”
“Is such a compromise acceptable to Sabahans?,” Samuel asked.