TAWAU: DAP Sabah said advice by outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib to his successor against letting Umno spreading its wing into the State not only reflects the sentiment of the people in the Land of the Hornbills but also Sabah.
Towards this end, DAP Sabah Vice Chairman Chan Foong Hin said it was time for Umno to leave Sabah and stay away just like in Sarawak, as Taib had pointed out that there was no place for Umno in his state as it was practicing racial divisive politics.
“So, why should Umno encroaches into Sabah politics? There is no reason for Umno to spread its wings to Sarawak as Taib’s Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) has done a good job delivering majority seats to the BN’s ruling.
“Likewise for Sabah, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who has delivered 31 seats out of 32 state seats contested and sweeping 14 parliamentary seats should form a state-based party and leave Umno out of Sabah.
“Musa can choose to join and lead newly registered Usno as the vehicle to champion for Muslim Bumiputera politics here,” said Chan.
The Sri Tanjong Assemblyman said Taib’s remark after chairing the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting a few days ago made things clear that Umno was not welcome in Sarawak.
“Besides, Sarawak BN was told to “stand tough and unflinching” when dealing with Putrajaya on issues concerning Sarawak’s interest, as protecting to state’s rights as doctrine in Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“It is long established fact that Umno is not wanted in Sarawak only now this was being openly admitted by Sarawak BN leaders and Umno leaders (both Datuk Shafie Apdal and Datuk Zahid Hamidi vice presidents of Umno) have also openly stated that Umno not encroach into Sarawak politics,” he said.
Chan said the very fundamental question was why Sarawak rejected Umno.
“The reason is very simple, Sarawak has Sabah that they can use as an example to compare and reflect on. Sabah has achieved nothing other than huge influx of illegal immigrants in the state and a name of fixed-deposit which is used for Putrajaya benefits, under Umno’s ruling.
“If Sabah getting special treatment from Umno, definitely Sarawak would accept Umno with open arms too,” he claimed.
Likewise, Sabah should reject Umno too as Umno only “understands issues pertaining to the interest of Malays and Islam” (quotation from Wilfred Nisson, Parti Rakyat Sarawak secretary general’s statement),” he said.
“As Sabah and Sarawak share the commonality in the background of various ethnics groups and multipolar society, Muslim Bumiputera politicians in Sabah should not follow the brand of Umno’s 3R (Racism, Religious, Ruler) politics here,” he said.