Muhyiddin Wants Sabah To Show The Way For BN To
PENAMPANG, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Deputy
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants Sabah to show
Barisan Nasional (BN) the way to achieve a bigger win in
the next general election.
Muhyiddin, who is also the BN deputy chairman, said the
BN win in the Batu Sapi by-election last week was a starting
point in the party's resurgence after facing a serious challenge
in the last general election.
"In Sabah, probably it (2008 political scenario) was
not as serious compared to the peninsula because Sabah is
still strong and referred to as the 'fixed deposit' for
"However, the win should not make us complacent. We
cannot be arrogant merely because of the two by-election
(in Batu Sapi and Galas) victories because what lies ahead
(political situation) is most challenging," he said
in his speech when opening the delegates meeting of the
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) at Hongkod Koisaan, near here.
Also present was PBS president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Muhyiddin said although it was premature for BN to make
any prediction, he was confident that the BN would continue
to be the main choice of the people in the country.
"I still remember those days when Pairin was famous
for the slogan 'Sabahans show the way' and armed with the
Batu Sapi spirit, I'm confident 'Sabahans will show the
way for greater BN's victory'," he said.
Muhyiddin also hoped that PBS and the other BN component
parties, including Umno, could strengthen their respective
parties, thus raising the BN's strength.
"Insyaallah (God willing)...with our strength, our
enemies will shiver and desert their respective parties
because they are not willing to face us...we have seen the
opposition parties such as the PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat)
crumbling but the BN is coming up to become a much stronger
party", he said.
He also stressed the need for BN component parties to practice
the principles of consensus in whatever they did.
Muhyiddin said the federal government was now actively
implementing the process of transformation, including economic
transformation to fulfill the aspiration of the people to
see a major change taking place in the country.
In the context of Sabah, he said the federal goverment
was giving due consideration to the problems and grouses
of the people in the state including issues concerning infrastructure
development, the availability of business opportunities,
increasing access to quality education, socio-economic development
and the partcipation of Bumiputera in the public service.
"The federal government is serious in this matter.
For example, we have set up the Cabinet Committee on Sabah
and Sarawak Bumiputera chaired by the Prime Minister (Datuk
Seri Najib Tun Razak) himself.
"We want to see an increase in the participation of
Sabah and Sarawak Bumiputera in the federal civil service
to at least 6.1 per cent for Sabah and 4.6 per cent for
Sarawak," he added.