Political Rewards For Leaders Without Grassroot
Support Not Good For BN
TAMBUNAN, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- The practice
of political window dressing that rewards parties which
have no grassroots support, such as a single-seat party
or "party for partyless leaders", will not strengthen
Barisan Nasional (BN) in the long term, said Parti Bersatu
Sabah deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
He said that such a practice was good only for merry making
but futile for winning seats and preserving Sabah as a bastion
for Barisan's political dominance.
Ongkili, who attended the opening of Tambunan PBS' annual
general meeting he today, said he fully supported PBS president
Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan's statement that the Deputy
Chief Minister's post for the Chinese quota should be held
by a Sabah-based party.
Friday, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) supreme council
member Datuk David Chong had challenged Pairin to object
to any decision that would give the DCM post to a peninsula-based
"While BN Sabah is founded on a coalition framework
and we fully subscribe to the 1Malaysia concept, the political
management of Sabah especially in terms of ethnic representation
at the highest level should be given to a Sabah-based party
that holds strong grassroot support.
"This approach is also consistent with the aspirations
of Malaysians in Sabah, especially Barisan Nasional's supporters,"