SakSaMa: PBS worked up on rise of Gen Y

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PBS advised against getting “personal and offensive” on the emergence of SakSaMa as a movement of the Gen Y.

PRESS STATEMENT Gabungan Rakyat SakSaMa (SakSaMa), a newly-formed opposition alliance, would like to advise Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) leaders against degenerating into name-calling in response to its “emergence” in Sabah.

There’s no need to get personal and offensive. SakSaMa is a movement of the Gen Y, a response to Gen X politicians outstaying their welcome.

Johnny Mositun lashed out at SakSaMa on Tuesday as a party made up of “political has-beens and election losers, if not political rookies”. He appears to have been nettled by us dismissing PBS recently as a failing party tottering on the brink of irrelevance.

We qualified our earlier statement, in response to PBS President Joseph Pairin Kitingan virtually throwing in the towel, by accepting that the party can remain relevant if it at least helps implement the RCI Report. The Sabah IC is the minimum acceptable formula for the way forward on the illegal immigrant phenomenon in Sabah.

It’s no secret either that PBS has been silent on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) ever since longtime Borneo rights activist Jeffrey Kitingan was released from ISA detention in 1994.

If PBS was not committed to the RCI Report and MA63, then Mositun has to explain to the people of Sabah what PBS was all about. It’s no use flogging Pairin’s previous speeches on this and that as evidence of some sort of achievement.

Pairin’s past speeches don’t automatically translate into achievements, being only expressions of intent, more form than substance. We need leaders who have their feet firmly planted on the ground.

We need leaders who are about substance, not form.

We caution PBS against flattering itself.

Mositun announced on Sunday that the Sabah Assembly would soon pass a Bill to increase the number of state seats by 13 to 73. Mositun himself isn’t sure where the seats would be. At the same time, the Election Commission Sabah announced on Tuesday that it wants to learn from its counterpart in Sarawak on how to carve out new seats.

If the Sarawak formula is applied in Sabah, the 13 proposed new state seats will be created in the 31 state seats presently held by Umno. This would be another act of betrayal by PBS if it happens to be true. It compounds the party’s sins on the RCI Report and MA63.

In 1994, there were 48 state seats viz. 20 KDM, 20 Muslim and 8 Chinese. After the PBS Government was toppled in 1994, beginning with the defection of two Assemblymen, the EC increased the 20 Umno state seats in Sabah by another 12.

There were no increases in KDM and Chinese seats.

The next round of delineations will see PBS and the other two KDM parties i.e. Parti Bersatu Rakyat Bersatu (PBRS) and United PasokMomogun KDM Organization (Upko) becoming history if  they are caught napping on the matter.

 

Jack Giau

Secretary-General

Gabungan Rakyat SakSaMa (SakSaMa), Kota Kinabalu

 

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