1 JULY 1997
BN PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIVISION
Tues. – Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) today claimed that Barisan
Nasional (BN) parties were responsible for racial and religious
division in Sabah by virtue of their political struggle being
based on race and religion.
deputy president Dr Maximus Ongkili said BN parties were formed
along racial lines solely to champion the interests of a particular
race or religion and thereby entrenching divisiveness among
the multiracial and multi-religious people of the country and
was officiating the opening of the 12th Annual General
Meeting (AGM) of PBS Tamparuli division in Kampung Tamparuli
this morning attended by some 400 delegates and supporters.
the allegation made by Sabah UMNO Chief Datuk Osu Haji Sukam
last week that the PBS was fanning racial and religious sentiments,
Dr Ongkili said "when the BN points a finger at PBS, four of
their own fingers are actually pointing at themselves".
is a multiracial party which houses the members of the State’s
multi-ethnic communities under one roof. Our political struggle
is based on the pursuit of justice, democracy, people’s rights,
human dignity and economic well-being of all races in Sabah
the BN parties, our struggle is not based on race or religion.
If PBS were to propogate racial and religious sentiments it
would only weaken itself and destroy its multiracial unity which
has become the basic foundation of its struggle and the cause
for its overwhelming support from the people of Sabah", he stressed.
Ongkili explained that it was the PBS philosophy to instil racial
tolerance and moderation among its members and the people at
large "because multiracialism is the best approach to achieve
political unity in the country".
urged the BN leaders to stop hurling baseless accusations to
PBS leaders and supporters, claiming that to do so would only
expose the insincerity of BN leaders.
development brought about by the BN government, the Bandau member
of Parliament alleged that the so-called "fruits of development"
were nowhere to be seen especially in the rural areas.
example, where are the houses and primary schools for the poor
in Ulu Bengkoka, Tandek, Sugut, Ulu Kinabatangan and Pensiangan?
In these places most people do not have a piece of zinc as roof
for their houses and most of the children grow up without knowing
how to read ABC. Where are the famous Sabah Baru promises for
these people?", he asked.
Ongkili called on the BN government to talk less and get their
act together to fulfil the promises of development.
privatisation, Dr Ongkili urged the State government to substantiate
its claim that public agencies were privatised to increase the
level of profits of such corporations.
for whom? For the people of Sabah or the new shareholders who
comprise only a few selected individuals? Of course, privatised
companies such as Angkatan Hebat and Ladang Sabah are making
a lot of money. But where does the money go and in the case
of Angkatan Hebat who is paying for the huge profits of the
company?", he questioned.
Ongkili said it was high time the BN State government lived
up to its claim of transparency in administration and answer
all the queries on its privatisation projects as submmitted
to the State Assembly by PBS Assemblymen at its last sitting.
government is constantly trying to avoid basic questions on
its administration. They seem to be hiding things from the public?",