decision no surprise
KOTA KINABALU, Dec 4 (Daily Express) --
Datuk Ariah Tengku Ahmad's move to join opposition, Parti
Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) on Sunday did not come as a surprise
for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) President Datuk Seri Joseph
The Deputy Chief
Minister said she "had given enough indication that
she is supporting this particular party".
Pairin, in acknowledging
that it was Ariah's right to choose which party she wants
to be affiliated as Malaysia practices democracy, said her
move had actually awakened him on the fact that some of
those with him were not looking at reality.
Ariah was a Deputy
Chief Minister during the PBS Government and had been a
staunch PBS supporter until she retired from active politics
several years ago.
"It is not
a question of (me) being disappointed (because) it is up
to the individual," he said when asked whether he was
disappointed with Ariah's move. Pairin who is also Rural
Development Minister dispelled the opinion of the opposition
in particular PKR, that development was not reaching the
not true as this present government has been doing a lot
to rectify what was not there (before). We are balancing
the development between the rural and urban areas.
this is what they (PKR) are focusing (to gain support from
voters) but this is incorrect as under the present government
and Halatuju of the State Government the development is
focus on infrastructure throughout the country particularly
looking at Sabah and Sarawak," he said.
Pairin said to
claim that the Government's has no clear intention in its
objective of bringing development was tantamount to misleading
the people. "I do believe we have the right leadership
in the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the context of the Prime
Minister who has got aspirations similar to what we (PBS)
aspire," he said, adding that it was the role of PBS
to support the Prime Minister to ensure all these aspirations
as underlined in the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) and National
2008 Budget can be achieved.
On claims by
the opposition that the government was not addressing the
public delivery system, he said it was up for them to work
can give suggestions, she (Ariah) can present a very wonderful
speech and the Government is always ready to listen but
I believe this is not the time to pull down good programme,"
mean that the oppositions cannot have their say but it also
doesn't mean that what they are saying is right É
we must put things in proper perspective and look at things
realistically," he said.
Pairin hoped Ariah "will always remember where she
was before and how she had helped the State and PBS".
As for Ariah's claim that she had tried to contact him but
could not get through, Pairin said:
was passed to me and I gave her a call twice (on Sunday)
but no answer so I left a message that 'this is Datuk Pairin
and I am returning your calls'".
Information Chief, Johnny Mositun said he regarded Ariah
as his mentor in Papar as she always gave him political
advice during her political heydays.
she once told me that she was now past her prime and that
it was time for her to retire," said Mositun when contacted
in Kuala Lumpur. He said Ariah was very cordial with the
other PBS leaders and supporters during the party's Malam
Bersatu (Unity Night) during which he was the organising
chairman in conjunction with PBS 22nd congress last month.
it is her democratic right (to join PKR) I think it is against
what she has been advising to all of us in giving us hope
all this while," he said.
there is no problem that cannot be resolved amicably especially
under the BN consensus spirit.