Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Shooting Blanks

Hantu Laut

It takes all kinds to make the world go round and Malaysian politicians are one of them.More brawn than brain.

In school we are always being told by our teacher that empty vessel makes the most noise and little knowledge is more dangerous than none.

What have we got here? An empty vessel and a fool? The empty vessel has been shouting to be heard on something that in all likelihood will not be heard.The fool can't tell the difference between a spoon and a fork.

Kota Kinabalu: Umno Kalabakan's public demand for the Merotai State seat that is currently held by a fellow Barisan Nasional (BN) component is a total disrespect of the coalition's spirit of comradeship.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) said it not only reflected the (State leadership's failure to discipline members)(this is a democracy mate, you can't stop people from speaking up), but also set a dangerous precedent that could backfire on the ruling coalition.

LDP Publicity Officer, Albert Kok, said LDP felt that the Umno division had placed not only the BN State but also the national leadership behind by making such a demand.

"I totally disagree that the Merotai seat was on loan to LDP from Umno (it is, face the truth) because under the BN spirit the seats are distributed equally to all the component parties irrespective of the seats' voter make-up," he said, Monday.

Kok who is also Private Secretary to the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk V.K Liew, said that in many areas in the country, compromise has been reached to allow even one minority party to contest.

He recalled that the Prime Minister had also made it clear that "we must work as a team and help out one another even if that area has a Malay majority".

According to him, the Hulu Selangor by-election was one of the recent and best examples where despite being a Malay-dominated constituency the seat was given to MIC (MIC did not win the seat,UMNO did)because the national leadership respects the coalition spirit.

In the by-election, he said Umno and all the component parties had worked hard to ensure victory for the BN.

Kok said Umno Kalabakan Chief, Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh who had also stated that 191 branches in the division fully supported the demand for Merotai seat "to be returned" to Umno in the next General Election (do you expect anything better from him) would be setting a dangerous precedence.

"If this happens in future they can simply disregard other component parties and simply resolve to do something that is against the interests of BN as a whole.

"If they can do to Merotai, what is stopping them from doing the same in other areas? It also reflects badly on the State BN leadership for its failure to discipline their members (again, your communist mentality, this is the free world)," he said.

"It is totally contradicting the Prime Minister and BN concept of 1Malaysia ... this is not 1Umno," he said. (it is all UMNO mate, they consider you mosquito party)

Kok said LDP is the most senior BN party in Sabah but it had also been continuously victimised. "This is extremely unfair considering we have been loyal (there is no loyalty in politics)and dedicated to the struggle of BN since 1989.

"We were one of the few parties who were instrumental in assisting and sticking with Umno when it set foot in Sabah in the early 1990s.

We certainly do not deserve to be mistreated by certain Umno State leaders lately who are out there to discredit and victimise us to satisfy their greed and fulfil their hidden agenda."

Ghapur, who is also the Kalabakan MP, had said that the Merotai seat belongs to Umno and was only lent to LDP for the past two general elections.

He also accused Gerakan of trying to enlist Umno members and that Sabahans would not be stupid as to vote for a peninsula-based party that was even rejected by the people over there.

Two general elections ago, the Merotai State seat, which is one of the State constituencies in the Kalabakan Parliamentary constituency, was held by Datuk Dr Patawari Patawe who was then moved to Sebatik following re-delineation of the electoral boundary.

Tan Sri Liew Yun Fah who was with LDP at that time replaced him.

In the last election, Liew was dropped and replaced by a LDP Vice President Pang Yuk Ming who is currently the Assistant Infrastructure Development Minister and chairman of Sabah Air.

Liew has since joined Gerakan and was made a Vice President over the weekend

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