Kota Kinabalu: The recent Sarawak election showed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is still not fully aware of the needs of the people, particularly the Chinese community. Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Deputy President Datuk Chin Su Phin said despite retaining the two-third majority, Sarawak BN saw its votes dropping to 55 per cent from 65pc in the previous state election.
"This means almost half the popular votes went to the opposition," he said. "In the Chinese majority seats, about 80 per cent of the votes went to the opposition, particularly DAP which won 12 of the 15 seats that are concentrated in the urban areas. Even Parti Keadilan Rakyat won three seats of which one is a predominantly Dayak area," he said.
According to Chin, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud should thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as well as the entire Federal Cabinet who went all out campaigning for the BN during the election.
"It was the first time we saw both the PM and DPM campaign together for one week. If not for the two leaders the result would have been different and the BN might have failed to get a two-third majority," he said. On the defeat of SUPP President Tan Sri George Chan, he said the people there wanted Taib to step down as Chief Minister. "As a result, SUPP became the victim. Had the issue been settled before the election, SUPP would not have lost heavily," he said.
He claimed the same leadership issue was adversely affecting the Sabah BN coalition and that the Prime Minister should be brave enough to effect changes in the BN leadership in the two states.
Chin claimed the Sabah BN leadership exploited powers and influence to gain the support from the Chinese chambers of commerce and religious bodies. "It was sad that certain leaders from the Chinese chambers of commerce and religious bodies were involved in politics as well as issuing political statements to the media for their own agenda," he said.
"The Prime Minister should re-look the situation in Sabah and change the State BN leadership as soon as possible and not wait until the next general election. We believe Sabah Umno have adequate leaders from their own ranks to take over and effect the changes," he said. "Apart from the Chinese, many from the other communities are also unhappy with the present State BN leadership. We all see the problems in Sabah and I hope other BN component parties are brave enough to speak up," he said.
"In the 2008 general election, Gerakan almost lost all the seats it contested due to the political tsunami and today, SUPP was dealt the same fate, so there is a great urgency to resolve the pressing BN leadership issue in Sabah before the next general election comes," he said.
He said the Chinese community in Sabah is not anti-BN government and in fact appreciated the government contributions including the allocation of financial grants to schools and religious bodies.
"I believe the issues such as concerning the Bible and the illegal immigrants are not the reason for the people to vote the opposition in Sabah and Sarawak. The main reason is that they have lost confidence in the BN leadership of the State. "Another issue is the Chinese dislike for certain BN leaders who always raise sensitive issues in Parliament and to the media," he said, adding that he agreed with Umno Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaludin that "what we are facing now is the problem of leadership". "The LDP will bring up issues affecting the BN and the people of Sabah in the next BN supreme council meeting," said Chin.
JomoSama rasa kenyataan ini bukan mewakili kaum Cina di Malaysia, dan sudah pasti bukan suara kaum Cina di Sabah. LDP hanyalah sebuah parti yang ujud atas kertas sahaja, tetapi di alam nyata..mereka ni cuma merupakan beberapa orang CINA yang terpinggir oleh kaum mereka. Kaum sendiripun tidak pakai, apa lagi BARISAN NASIONAL SABAH secara amnya. Jadi... buat apa mahu peduli apa yang dia cakap.. sudah jelas orang CINA sokong PEMBANGKANG iaitu DAP.. parti-parti CINA dalam BN di Malaysia ni hanya sekelompok orang-orang CINA yang mengaku mempunyai pengikut yang ramai, tetapi pada hakikatnya.. menang kerana disokong oleh kaum BUMIPUTERA Malaysia. Biarlah orang CINA semua sokong PEMBANGKANG... adapun bagus, kalau tiadapun lagi bagus.
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