KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders should focus on improving their party machinery instead of attacking each other. “We should stop this internal polemic among BN leaders and confusing the rakyat. I therefore urge BN leaders, especially LDP, to focus on updating their party leadership, improve the Chinese community’s confidence in the urban areas and hold roadshows to refute the opposition’s propaganda,” said Umno Tawau chief Datuk Tawfiq Datuk Abu Bakar Titingan.
The Assistant Finance Minister who was met after the opening of the 13th state assembly sitting, was commenting on Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) deputy president Datuk Chin Su Phin’s statement in the newspapers recently. According to the Apas assemblyman, it could not be denied that in a democratic system, Chin has the right to speak but it also means that other people have the right to differ with his opinion.
Tawfiq pointed out that in the recently concluded Sarawak state election, BN’s losses in the Chinese majority urban constituencies were a continuation of anti-establishment political awareness among the Chinese community which started before the 12th general election.
This, he said, was the result of Pakatan Rakyat’s strategic and continued planning, especially DAP’s racial propaganda. “Therefore, any changes in the Sarawak BN leadership before the state election last week would not have been able to change the mindset of the urban constituents from giving their votes to DAP,” he opined.
In Sabah’s case, there is no justification to make any drastic changes to the state BN leadership which has been carrying out the trust given by the people responsibly and successfully, he said.
Tawfiq stressed that under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Sabah BN achieved a resounding victory in the Batu Sapi parliamentary by-election and this proved that Musa’s leadership is accepted by the multi-racial Sabahans.
Other than that, the cooperation and close understanding showed by the BN leadership on all levels (expect for a component party which is quite arrogant) gave the majority of the people in Sabah the confidence to continue supporting the current BN leadership, he added.
The state has done well under Musa and rapid developments could be seen all over Sabah, especially in the state capital which is very vibrant, he said, adding that the state’s financial management was lauded by the country’s Auditor General.
“However, we do agree that more needed to be done in the aspect of developing the state. Therefore it is imperative that the state leadership be given the opportunity to continue with its agenda according to the ‘people first, performance now’ policy for the rakyat’s prosperity and development of our beloved state. “We should therefore stop this internal polemic among BN leaders and confusing the rakyat and I therefore urge BN leaders, especially LDP to focus on updating their party leadership. “LDP must remember that its seat is in an area which has a majority of Muslim Bumiputeras who are Umno members,” he said, adding that unnecessary attacks and sarcasm towards Umno leaders would hurt them and this could create a chain reaction.
Nah.. tu dia, buang jak LDP ni dalam lubang jamban. Ada dalam BN pun buat habis beras jak... untung tiada, rugi lagi banyak.
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