Jefferey Kittingan advised the people of Sabah to reject PR in the coming general election as they did not have the people’s interests at heart?
Below is a news report in the Borneo Post today. KUCHING:Sarawakians should stick with the present state government as it is led by local-based parties which have the interest of the people at heart, says State Reform Party (STAR) Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffery Kitingan.
He stressed that the people in Sarawak should be grateful that they were still being ruled by the local-based political parties unlike Sabah which is controlled by a peninsula-based party.
“My advice for Sarawakians is this; why should you support the opposition especially the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) which is all made up of peninsula-based parties? The people of Sarawak must learn from our (Sabahans) bitter experiences where most of our interests have been eroded away under the current government,” Jeffery told The Borneo Post here yesterday.
He said that was why STAR advised the people of Sabah to reject PR in the coming general election as they did not have the people’s interests at heart.
Jeffery pointed out that the PR ‘Buku Jingga’ (Orange Book) did not specifically mention and explain how the people of Sarawak and Sabah would and could benefit if they were to capture Putrajaya after the general election.
“Be they Pakatan Rakyat or any other Peninsula-based BN parties, they are all the same. I can say this from my own experiences dealing with them,” added Jeffery who was detained under ISA for two years in Kamunting in the 90’s.
He called on the people of both states to understand and accept STAR’s ‘Borneo Agenda’ whichwas to ensure that the Malaysia Agreement in 1963 would be uphold and not diluted.
“We hope that the people of both states take this coming general election seriously and vote wisely so that we can become the real kingmakers, thus can bargain for better deals with federal leaders,” he said.
Jeffery also hoped that with better bargaining power after the 13th general election, both Sarawak and Sabah would be able to fight for at least one third of 222 parliamentary seats as agreed in during the formation of Malaysia.
Currently Peninsular Malaysia has more than 75 per cent of the seats leaving Sarawak and Sabah to have only 56 seats with Sarawak having 31 and Sabah 25 seats. - MORE
No wonder Anwar Ibrahim held a hush-hush emergency meeting with newborn Sarawak Workers Party supremo Datuk Sng Chee Hua at the KL Hilton yesterday (Tuesday). The THREE HOUR meeting at the 'sentral' I was told, went on with Anwar enticing the Kapit-born political animal with a whole load of returns, including at least two ministerial positions in his cabinet if PR forms the federal government.
The meeting of the two desperate politicians wouldn't have raised an eyebrow under normal circumstances as Sng would often be on Anwar's side whenever the latter was in Sarawak but yesterday's meeting was different. A three hour four-eyed meeting between two political animals in a closely guarded hotel room in KL, with calls to kick PR out of Sabah by their own ally... with a looming general election that will seal PR's fate, the Tuesday meeting was different. Pakatan or rather Anwar seems to be stuck in his own game as Jeffrey Kittingan sticks to his Sabah for Sabahan cry.
If Jeffrey Kitingan relents to pressure (from the Kapit towkay or Anwar) and puts his Sabah for Sabahan in the back burner ... the veteran politician's credibility would most certainly burn along the war cry he coined as an Opposition politician.
Lets watch the worms wriggle as the GE heat goes up.
p/s Sng Chee Hua maybe too 'tired' to contest the Kapit parliamentary seat but his son Larry Sng would be a real threat to whoever BN's Parti Rakyat Sarawak fields in one of the most remote constituencies in our country.
Larry was a bright star in the BN until petty politics in PRS pushed him out.