KOTA KINABALU: Star President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is doing nothing more than hiding his inability to act as a strong Sabahan leader by diverting the people’s attention from his decision to work together with Umno and PAS under Perikatan Nasional (PN).
In a strongly worded statement a Warisan leader today said hence the reason why Jeffrey kept accusing Warisan of protecting and harbouring illegal immigrants in Sabah after the party’s Treasurer General, Terrence Siambun had snubbed Jeffrey’s proposed forum on the issue recently.
According to Basal Bullah who is the Keningau Deputy Divisional Chief of Parti Warisan Sabah, Jeffrey is throwing accusations at Warisan on the illegal immigrant issue to hide his inability to deliver.
“Terrence is correct to say that Jeffrey is all NATO – No Action Talk Only; Jeffrey is
now part of the Federal Government and sitting together with Umno and PAS in PN so he should be now doing the ‘delivery’ instead of asking for more talk on the issue.
“As for Jeffrey’s continuous attack on Warisan that the party is harbouring and protecting the illegal immigrants in Sabah, my message to Jeffrey is, by all means, utilise the finding on RCI, walk the talk and please ask the Federal Cabinet to act on it by deporting them all.
“Since the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin was responsible for coming up with the PSS (Sabah Temporary Pass) that was vehemently rejected by Jeffrey, he should make sure that the Federal Government will not come out with a revised version as a means to end the issue,” he said.
Basal said since Jeffrey had been talking about the issue for decades now, he would have all the solutions in his head and would have submitted his proposal immediately to the Federal Cabinet upon his entry to PN.
“This is more so when he is a staunch opposer of PSS and told everyone that it was a bad idea. Hence we would expect a better alternative from him but what came from him instead is more talk through a forum,” he said.
Basal believed that as an elected representative who claimed to be doing everything for Sabah, Jeffrey should have put all the specific conditions favouring Sabah in written form as guarantee and have it signed by PN leaders before joining that coalition.
“When he was in PKR, he came out with the Tambunan Declaration which he claimed was rejected by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that would have been a good reason for his famous cliche.
“So based on this premise, did he actually prepare a written document highlighting the conditions for PN to fulfill and to be signed by all its leaders before he decided to join Umno and PAS in that coalition?
“I assume there was none apart from perhaps some chat over coffee with Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi during the horse-trading session back in February this year and being a so-called ‘third force’ leader who repeatedly said that ‘he is doing it for Sabah’.
“This is indeed very regrettable for he wasted a golden opportunity for Sabah.
“This is the point that Terrence wants to highlight; in the eyes of Sabahans and his supporters, Jeffrey with all his extravaganza and pomposity wrongfully demonised Warisan leaders but in the eyes of PN, he may be a mere minion because a single seat held by a politically inconsistent MP does not really matter for them,” he said.
Basal said Sabahans were now looking forward to a new era of principled politics where competency, vision and strong leadership form the fundamentals to create a progressive and financially strong Sabah.
“Sabahans are tired with all talk only … if you ask anyone on the street what they think about Jeffrey, the answer will always be the same – he used to be a beacon of hope for Sabah when he was young but lost all of it now because of his
“Even in Tambunan, Jeffrey will find it very hard to justify his action to ally himself with Umno, a tainted kleptocrat party and PAS that only has Hudud Law in its mind.
“People will always support you if you continue to fight for what is good for Sabah but the moment you trade your dignity for position under the guise of the struggles of Sabahans, I believe that could be your end.
“In contrast, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammed who is 95-years-old continues to defy Umno no matter how much pressure they are putting on him and even our Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal who had been personally invited by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to join PN decided to stick with his principle by honoring the
understanding between Warisan and Mahathir/PH and this earned him respect not only from PH but his political friends in PN too.
“This is what Sabahans yearn for; a strong Sabah leader who will be respected in Putrajaya through his consistent actions and in this respect, the Peninsula will always know that Sabah is an equal partner and Sabahans are capable of administering the country effectively,” he said.
“This can only be achieved by sticking to principles and actions and not through the mere cliche of ‘doing it for Sabah’, he added.