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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

SABAH MERDEKA

Perayaan Hari Merdeka memaparkan

setiap rakyat Malaysia boleh

mencetuskan sesuatu yang indah.

Everybody needs to play

their respective roles,

if we are to succeed as a nation...

31 Ogos - Selamat Merdeka kepada Sabah,

Sarawak dan Malaya...


“Please remember that Malaysia is our homeland; this is the place where we were born, the place where we grew up, where we find our livelihood, a place where we find happiness and where we shall be laid to rest,” said Najib. READ MORE

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

SABAH BN MEETING

THIS piece by Shane Fuentes of the Malaysian Mirror attempted to analyze the political scenario affecting the Sabah BN. Last week, I posted here what Upko Says about the same issue, and may be even more. In fact, Upko secgen Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau lamented that one of the problems plaguing Sabah BN is the lack of a regular meeting, or at least the minimum of two meetings per year.

Today, the Sabah BN meets. The items in the agenda are rather predictable. And well elaborated in this Fuentes article - though not all. My feeling is, why must these "grouses" exist at all? Surely, a key part of any good governance is the willingness to be inclusive, to be sincere and act base on the agreed principle. Yeah, it is easier said and done (and I hate the phrase because it is often used as an excuse in not doing our level best). But really, the RULING Sabah BN cannot even meet on a regular basis? C'mon lah....


SABAH BN MEET - TOO LATE TO LITTLE?

KOTA KINABALU – Sabah BN is scheduled to meet Tuesday (Aug 24) in Kota Kinabalu after months of a tug-of-war in the local media between the local chapter of Umno on one side and almost all the other component parties publicly arranged against it on various issues.
The last BN meet, pointed out coalition secretary Abdul Rahman Dahlan, was in March this year. Apparently, this was after going for four years without any meeting.
Patently, the inability of Sabah BN to meet regularly has left component parties with no other avenue except the local media to air their grievances. This has invariably resulted in routine reminders from Sabah Umno leaders, including Rahman himself, that component parties should use proper channels to air their views. But it has not been spelt out so far what these proper channels are in the absence of regular Sabah BN meets.
Obviously, if the Sabah BN meets today as scheduled, the first order of business would be to agree to meet regularly, even if to agree to disagree. This is expected to discourage the tendency among component parties to wash their dirty linen in public. But isn’t the Sabah BN meet today a case of too little, too late?
Sabah BN has clearly crossed the Rubicon after coming under relentless pressure from opposition parties since the political tsunami of 8 March, 2008 when five states in Peninsular Malaysia fell to the Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
Some thing has to give way between Sabah Umno on the one hand and the other component parties but this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. The ruling party cannot insist on having its cake and eating it too as the others watch in dismay and growing anger.
The mother of all issues is the oft-cited BN spirit of consensus-and-compromise and power-sharing. This has been openly questioned by the local parties in the coalition, without exception, with some unfortunate results.
Many Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leaders, for example, have been axed from their government positions. This has also something to do with the fact that former LDP president Chong Kah Kiat has turned his aborted Mazu – Goddess of the Sea – statue project in Kudat into a political hot potato.
LDP has even called on the federal leadership several times to change the present state leadership or risk the wrath of the people in the coming polls.
LDP’s boldness has come with a price. Sabah Umno wants back the Merotai and Tanjung Kapor state seats contested by the party on the grounds that they were on “loan” from Umno. Not satisfied with pressing its claim to LDP state seats through Kalabakan MP Ghapur Salleh, various other Sabah Umno leaders have asked so far for the “return” of Putatan parliamentary seats from the United PasokMomogun KadazanDusunMurut Organisation (Upko) and the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat from the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
Sabah Umno has also indicated that it wants to contest the Sepanggar parliamentary seat held by the Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp), no longer a member of the coalition since late 2008.
Sabah BN component party leaders and members outside Umno are not amused by these demands. They point out that they run counter to the pledge given by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad that Sabah Umno will not contest more than half the parliamentary and state seats at stake. This is in line with the coalition’s power-sharing principle.
There were murmurs of discontent when Sabah Umno crossed the half-way mark in 2008 and won 32 of the 60 state seats at stake. The component parties would have been more comfortable with 29 state seats for Sabah Umno and no more. However, the talk within Sabah Umno circles is the party would only feel comfortable with at least 36 state seats, if not more.
Likewise, the thinking is that Sabah Umno should not contest more than 12 parliamentary seats out of the combined 26 in Sabah and Labuan. At present it holds 13 of the 25 parliamentary seats in Sabah and the Labuan seat and has given every indication that it wants to contest in even more seats, leaving a measly number for the others to share among them. This is a sure recipe for disaster since it reduces the other parties to irrelevance, a complaint leveled by the Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).
At this stage, it would not be out of place to ask whether there’s a need for the Sabah BN to exist at all given the lack of balance in power and strength among the various component parties.
Sabah BN can only move forward in unison to face the opposition alliance if the power-sharing issue is settled on the basis of the traditional formula that no component party should have more than 50 per cent of the seats, whether parliamentary or state.
Luckily for the Sabab BN, the opposition alliance in the state is still to get its act together. So, it appears that the ruling coalition can still win the next General Election, albeit by default with a difference. There will be more opposition members in the next state assembly and from Sabah in the next Parliament.
Then, there are the myriad of other issues in the state which have so far eluded solution.
The most important of these is the issue of the appointment of the Chief Minister. Sabah Umno veteran Karim Ghani, a founding leader of the local chapter, makes no secret of his displeasure that the party’s national leaders in Kuala Lumpur have failed to allow it to elect their own leader. This was a promise first made by Mahathir but never carried out. At present, the Sabah Umno leader is appointed Kuala Lumpur, an act running contrary to the state constitution on the appointment of the Chief Minister.
The State Constitution holds that the Chief Minister must be appointed by the Governor from among the state assemblyperson after considering their individual positions. Umno Malaysia can still appoint the Sabah Umno leader if it wants but the Governor should have the sole right to appoint any state assemblyperson whom he deems fit to be Chief Minister.
The opposition has made much of the issue of the appointment of the Chief Minister. They point out that not only does the present practice infringe the State Constitution but it is also in violation of its autonomy. Sabah BN has no answers to these oft-repeated charges by the opposition alliance.
Sabah BN component parties also need to get their politics and their relationships right to tackle various other problems besetting the state. There is no end of issues testing the mettle of the ruling coalition in the run-up to 2013 when the next General Election is due. THE MALAYSIAN MIRROR

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

UPKO SAYS

THE convention included the division I am in, Sepanggar. This is what my boss said, and more. Bernama tone it down quite a bit here. The local press was more 'truthful' (read: reporting word for word) in their coverage of the event. I have said this before, and I will say it again here. Upko has often been labelled as the opposition within BN. Well, the simple truth is, Upko is acting based on what the people want. What is best for the people. And mind you, proud of it..... (by the way, the theme of our convention is Transformasi Melalui Tindakan)

UPKO REMINDS BN
PENAMPANG Sabah – Raising matters that need the attention of the country's leadership is the responsibility of every citizen and should not be seen as going against the government, said United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Bernard Dompok.
Dompok said this was what Upko stood for and while the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition had proven to be a good government, the people wanted to see policies and programmes set out were fulfilled.
"What we are saying today is that, all the things or issues we are talking about, could be overcome faster. So, we in Upko are also helping to tell the BN to find long-term solutions to the problems, issues that we feel should be resolved by the BN and government," he said during the Upko Zone C Convention (Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan and Sepanggar) here, Sunday.
He said Upko's existence was to support good government policies and while the loyalty towards the coalition might have been tested following the slowness in addressing state issues that were close to the bumiputeras' hearts, it did not mean that any ultimatum was given.
Earlier, Upko division leaders again took the opportunity to voice out dissatisfaction over power-sharing among BN component parties in Sabah, and unresolved state issues like illegal immigrants and the sabotage policy.
"BN should resolve basic issues to strengthen the BN itself. . .But we don't give ultimatum, we are here.
"We have always been loyal to BN for more than a decade, and we feel we must do our part as responsible citizens of this country and explain to the leadership of this country how we feel about the issues, how it should be settled, this is what we have been doing all this time.
"We are not that big a voice, but I think it is clear in the ears of our friends, what we meant," Dompok told reporters later.
He also said that while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was sincere in his concept of 1Malaysia, what concerned him was whether Najib would be allowed by those surrounding him to do the tasks that he was required to do.
"This is from my heart, it's how I feel, the Prime Minister is sincere in his concept of 1Malaysia: People First, Performance Now, but I'm not so sure whether his party will allow him to do it.
"I think this is one of the things that we will have to point out to the leadership of this country. We must have a Malaysia in which everyone feels they are Malaysians and that there is nobody less. All feel the same, that we are one," he said, adding that he had spoken to Najib about this.
About the dissatisfaction voiced by Upko division leaders Sunday, especially towards the 'big brother' in BN, Umno, he said this was a common feeling among most component parties in BN.
"There is no denying that there is a feeling, it varies from one party to another, but there is a feeling," he added. - Bernama

Monday, 2 August 2010

ON YOUR MARK

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WHEN is the general elections? This question is by far, the most popular among my friends from all woks of life. This article will certainly fuel further the hot topics. Hehehe

BN WORKING TO SOLVE ISSUES BEFORE SNAP POLL?

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — Barisan Nasional (BN) is looking to solve three pressing issues — the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) case, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy trial and Teoh Beng Hock’s mysterious death — before considering a call for snap elections.

The Malaysian Insider understands that BN leaders have privately agreed that these issues, together with the soft economy, need to be addressed before the ruling federal coalition is confident of dissolving Parliament for the country’s 13th general election, which is not due until March 2013.

“The three issues need to be solved. There is no two ways about it,” a BN leader told The Malaysian Insider over the weekend.

Talk is rife that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak might call for snap polls to coincide with the Sarawak state election, which is due by July 2011, but the consensus is that the country’s largest state will proceed with its own election first. Pakatan Rakyat-ruled (PR) states have said they might not follow BN’s schedule as they want to fulfil promises made in Election 2008.

The Economist Intelligence Report on Malaysia August 2010 said it does not believe that Najib is preparing to go the polls before 2012. READ MORE IN THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER