Can Anwar Deliver Pensiangan Parliamentary Seat To PKR As Sabah’s New Liaison Chief?

Posted: December 29, 2008 in Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia, Malaysia Today, malaysiakini, Malaysian Politics, PKR, Sabah, Sabah Politics, Sarawak, Yong Teck Lee

Datuk Seri Anwar , politician,

The best thing to happen to PKR Sabah in the closing chapters of 2008 is the taking over as Pengerusi Perhubungan Negeri by Anwar Ibrahim.

Sabah PKR has been having quite a bit of uncertainty when Ansari Abdullah was appointed as PKR’s liaison chairman for Sabah since last year.  It was an open secret that Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and Ansari Abdullah were not able to work together. Both want to be PKR SUPREMO for Sabah which means if PKR forms the Sabah government then the Supremo will be the Chief Minister of Sabah. Everyone in Sabah knew this. Everyone also knew that Jeffrey was responsible solely for attracting and bringing in big numbers of indigenous Sabahans mostly from the interiors of Sabah into the PKR fold. Not for Jeffrey not many Indigenous people would have bothered to join PKR. We should give credit to Jeffrey for this and I hope Abang Anwar could see this.

Just last year, there was a major crisis in the PKR Sabah where both Ansari and Jeffrey’s supporters were planning a major revolt by way of resignations due to the appointment of Ansari as liaison chief for Sabah and Jeffrey’s supporters being unhappy over this appointment. 

It was just a matter of time before the war of nerves between Jeffrey and the Ansari combine will reach a flash point and this was very well known. And when it finally did, amid high drama when Jeffrey’s supporters wanted to resign en bloc, secretary-general Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (not Menteri Besar of Selangor yet!) had to fly down to  KK all the way from KL, to meet up with Jeffrey and Ansari and their supporters in Sokid Villa to calm things down. I was there in Sokid Villa then, when Tan Sri Khalid was handling the revolt and he did a good job to avoid the split on that day. Tan Sri Khalid was good, and he was very calm and articulate in the discussion and all who came had only praises for the way he handled the opposing forces  and how he had stepped in to mend the fences so diplomatically.

Anyway, Abang Anwar now as PKR liaison chairman for Sabah can give much needed guidance and direction to the party in Sabah which have been weak up to now.  His charisma and clout will play a central role in the strengthening of PKR in Sabah which is long overdue. The Pensiangan Parliamentary seat which has to be vacated by Tan Sri Kurup shortly will be a good starting point to see how Abang Anwar’s new role in Sabah is taking shape.

I would like to reproduce Jeffrey’s statement this morning on Abang Anwar’s new appointment as PKR Chief for Sabah and Sarawak.

PRESS STATEMENT

DATUK DR JEFFREY G. KITINGAN

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)Vice President
Dec 29th, 2008

SUPPORT FOR SABAH CHIEF (Dr Jeffrey’s first public reaction on Anwar’s appointment as Sabah PKR Chief)

Since Datuk Anwar Ibrahim also our PKR Ketua Umum, it is a privilege for Sabah to have him as our Pengerusi Perhubungan (State PKR Liaison Chairman)

I would have objected if it was just any other leader.

This means we, in, can discuss and have direct access to the head of the National Opposition who is also the Prime Minister-in-waiting!

I view this as something positive. In other words and Sarawak’s status have been upgraded! Isn’t this what we have been looking for?

Of course in the long term, we will assist him to ease his burden by proposing an alternative appointment for the Borneo States.

Thank you.

DATUK DR JEFFREY G. KITINGAN
at 019-8505005

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  1. mangofruit says:

    It is a bad move for Anwar to take over the Liaison Chief for the East Malaysian States. Not only that it shows arrogance on his part, it reinforces the long-held belief that Malaya had been colonising the Borneo States purely for their natural resources for the benefits of the Malayan people (just like the British colonial masters before)at the great expense of the people in these Borneo States who are still poverty-stricken after 45 years of ‘merdeka’.

    Why can’t he just appoint Dr. Jeffrey? He is the best person to lead PKR Sabah without whom PKR Sabah would not have a far-reaching influence over the non-Muslim Natives and the Chinese in Sabah. One must not forget that PKR presence in Sabah was way back in 1998, yet it did not make an impact on the Sabahans as far as their support is concerned despite they already had Ansari, Badru, Christina and Ag Tengah as their Sabah leaders.

    Can we Sabahans be blamed for believing that PKR and UMNO have very little difference when it comes to Politics of Federalism in Malaysia?

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  2. masminkadad. says:

    P/raya Parlimen Pensiangan adalah ujian terakhir BN untuk kekal atau lost menerajui negara akan datang. Pertarungan kelak akan memperlihatkan emosi rakyat menghunjam ke arah mana.Dgn isu2 Sook-Pensiangan yg lama terbiar-tak terselasaikan oleh wakil rakyat BN, mampukah BN mempertajam usaha mempertahankan Parlimen Pensiangan sebab umum mengetahui kwsn ini mempunyai potensi jatuh ke parti pembangkang berdasarkan analogi kontemperer.

    Isu2 yg sedang naikmarak ketika ini ialah :-

    1. Permohonan Tanah yg sudah memakan waktu kurun yg lama. Status tanah adat kaum murut yg belum jelas. Dapatkah akhirnya kaum murut memiliki geran tanah sebagai hak yg dijamin oleh perlembagaan sama sperti kaum asli di semananjung dan Tanah Adat kaum Asli di Sarawak.

    Siasatan menyeluruh perlu dilakukan segera oleh kerajaan Pusat melalui Kanun Tanah Negara-kemungkinan berlaku tukarmilik ke atas tanah2 Adat oleh Pemodal2 non-Bumi utk dijadikan ladang2 kSawit. Pemeriksaan juga harus menjurus kemungkinan wujud unsur2 rasuah pemodal2 ini dgn Jabatan Tanah yg melibatkan kelulusan beribu2 hektar kpd syarikat2 dlm negeri n syarikat2 dari semananjung. Sebab wujud semacam rungutan penduduk satu ketika dulu, tanah yg mereka duduki bertahun lamanya dgn tanaman getah bertahun lama ditoreh diarah oleh jabatan tertentu meninggalkan kwsan atas alasan belum bergeran. Yg benar adalah permohonan telah lama dikemukakan tetapi seakan tiada yg mengurusnya. Ada hal yg pelik lagi ada tanah yang telah dimiliki oleh org yng dahulunya PATI alias pendatang, w/pun wujud peruntukan undang2 enekmen tanah negeri yg protect peralihan hak milik tabah tesebut. Perlu juga dicatat disini, sekadar pertimbangan, kemungkinan wujudnya kuasa tangan2 politik yg dijadikan alat oleh pemodal2 bandar mendapatkan tanah yg dihuni oleh masyarakat murut/Dusun di kwsn Sook/Pensiangan.

    2. Berlaku suasana sgt murung penduduk terutama penduduk SOOK/Pensiangan berikutan kejatuhan harga bahan komoditi sawit dan getah. Bahkan dikatakan kilang pembeli buah sawit tdk menerima buah sawit dri pekebun2 kecil atas alasan tidak memenuhi kualiti yg diperlukan, juga kerana berlaku lambakan berlebihan.

    3. Kos kehidupan yg tinggi,Barangan makan masih x terjangkau kerana masih terlalu mahal. Demikian juga barangan bangunan, racun,baja, alat ganti kenderaan dll umumnya masih tinggi.

    4. Perkhidmatan pengangkutan sungai bot,perahu itu masih halangan utama mereka mendapat keperluan makanan di bandar.Demikian juga kos perkhidmatan pengangkutan darat.

    5.Kehilangan sumber pekerjaan berlaku ke atas penduduk kwsn pensiangan apabila berlaku penutupan kilang2 kayu, Ladang2 sawit banyak yg x beroperasi disebabkan harga yg rendah juga bahan baja yg mahal .

    6. Jabatan pertanian juga yg diharap mempunyai tugas besar membantu penduduk melalui pertanian kurang menampakkan komitmen terutama menyediakan tapak2 semaian seperti getah,buah2an dan tanaman lain. Bayangkan penduduk Kwsn pedalaman terpaksa ke Tuaran Kota Kinabalu atau Papar untuk mendapatkan benih /pokok getah untuk di tanam. Wajar dipertimbangkan oleh jabatan pertanian, utk membangun pusat semaian Getah di Pedalaman kerana kwsan inilah pengeluar utama getah di sabah.

    – Usaha membantu dlm penternakan-Jabatan Haiwan-meski telah melakukan tugasnya- sy kira masih perlu perbaikan segera. Binatang kambing, Lembu yg sepatutnya telah dijanjikan kpd penternak memakan masa yg lama sehingga hilang mood penternak meneruskan usaha mereka w/pun telah menyediakan kwn rumput. Ada juga rungutan sesetengah penternak, binatang kambing yg diimport dari austrlia hanya diberikan kpd YB2 sahaja-Pada hal menurut mereka nama mereka telahpun tersenarai dalam senarai nama penerima. Faktur baja yg mahal-kerana terhad syrikat pengeluar baja yg berdaftar dgn jabatan haiwan.

    6. Pebalakan yg rakus atau perampok balak telah menjahanamkan sungai2 sebagai sumber makanan. Hal ini telah mempersulit kehidupan penduduk Sook/Pensiangan.

    Isu2 besar tersebut di atas perlu di selasaikan oleh Pemerintah klo mo menang pd P/Raya ini.

    7. Faktor Calun dgn wakil2 rakyat yg lalu jika kembali berulang BN akan menerima padah. Lapuran yg adil perlu dianalisa secara jujur utk meneliti respon masyarakat terhadap YB2 BN di kwsn Pensiangan. Dan klu perlu calun hendaklah muka baru yg memahami keperluan penduduk setempat.

    Pd masa ini, gelombang kebangkitan politik PKR masih menjadi pilihan rakyat disini. Keadaan ini di sebabkan rasa xpuas hati rakyat menanggong semua Isu yg di sebut di atas. Tersilap haribulan, pembangkang mampu overtake kwsn Pensiangan.

    Akhir sekali, berilah peluang kpd rakyat pensiangan menentukan pilihan mereka. Rasuah politik BN mesti dihentikan. Rakyat akan melihat ini sebagai usaha memperbodoh rakyat dan perbuatan x menghormati mereka.

    Selamat bertarung BN-PR.

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  3. masminkadad. says:

    Kaedah terbaik pencerahan politik PKR-PR Sabah utk mengelak ia akan di sabotaj BN. Anwar wajar mengambil-alih Pengerusi Parti PKR di 2 buah negeri tersebut agar rakyat naik peercaya kekuatan,kesungguhan,semangat parti untuk menumbangkan BN pd p/raya ke-13 mendatang. Dengan demikian PKR tidak akan terikat dgn penyalahgunaan kuasa-terutama pemilihan calun bertanding yg hanya memilih kwn2 terdekat jadi calun. Pemilihan calun wajar mengambilkira komposisi kaum berasaskan etnik,agama n karekter calun. Moga pd masa akan dtg PKR teliti dlm pemilihan calun n bukan angkut sumbat asal ada uang. Rasanya kaedah tersebut memperpanjang penderitaan penyokong PKR utk memerintah Sabah Sarawak.

    Satu hal yg penting utk PKR Sabah ialah, penyediaan Dana yg mencukupi di semua DUN. Ini krna rakyat Sabah telah terdidik dgn wang material oleh BN yg gemar memancing undi dgn RM.Jd klu mo lawan biar lwn RM. Sebab buang masa, klu ceramah2 saja,makan2,minum2 itu rakyat kurang ambil perhatian. Saya secara peribadi masih yakin dgn Dr.Jefri Kitingan yg mendampingi DSAI sbg indeketor mengenai senario Sabah. Beliau memiliki pengetahuan luas dlm hal ini.Oleh hal yg demikian PKR sejak Dini sudah punyai progrem memperluaskan aktiviti masyarakat dan penyusunan jentera parti yg kuat.

    Saya optimis PKR sabah dan komponen lain mampu mengurangkan monopoli BN keatas politik sabah.

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