KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – Sabah’s interests would be “buried” if Sabah parties become subservient to Malaya-parties such as Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Harapan (PH).
“Sabah local opposition pact Gabungan Sabah, of which SAPP is a component, is focused on unseating the ruling UMNO-led Barisan Nasional.
“We fight to defeat UMNO, not merely replace UMNO A with UMNO B. There is no difference between the Mahathir led-PH and the Najib-led BN,” said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) secretary general Datuk Richard Yong.
“We don’t drink poison to quench our thirst. The Ketuanan Malaya prevails in all Malaya-based parties. Their so-called Sabah leaders have been tamed and domesticated. They have become subservient to their masters and that is why matters like candidates have to be referred to Malaya first,” Yong said.
He said it had become obvious to Sabahans that the political cultures of PH and Barisan Nasional were no different.
“The bottom line is that they are both Malaya-centric and now with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad taking PH it has become no different than team UMNO A or UMNO B,” Yong added.
He noted with Mahathir now in PH, Christina Liew and Sabah PKR had become silent on the issue of Project IC – how foreigners had obtained Malaysian identity cards through dubious under the infamous Project IC.
“PKR had been harping on Project IC, that has angered Sabahans, but has suddenly fallen silent on this issue with Dr. Mahathir now in PH. Doesn’t this speak volumes?.
“This is just another example of how Sabah leaders of Malaya parties are being bullied and domesticated,” he said when responding to Liew’s statement that local parties must work with their Malaya counterparts to ensure their success in the polls.
Yong said that there is no difference between the two blocks of Malaya parties which has a habit to bully Sabah parties.
This bullying continued to happen because Sabahans in Malaya parties allow themselves to be subservient to their masters in Malaya, he said.
Yong said even Malaysians from the peninsula who had been living in Sabah had voiced their worry about Malaya parties and their divisive political culture.
“A few days ago there were reports in the local media of those born in the peninsula but living in Sabah who had spoken out about the true harmony among Sabah’s communities are under threat by these Malaya parties,” he said.
“It is because of such divisive political culture that causes racial polarisation in Malaya. As Sabahans, we must prevent this polarisation from taking hold in Sabah by rejecting Malaya parties,” Yong said.