Bongkos slams Rahim for ‘insulting’ Pairin
Posted on April 8, 2011, Friday
KOTA KINABALU: Kadazan Dusun Cultural
Association (KDCA) deputy president, Datuk Seri Panglima
Dr Clarence Bongkos Malakun has taken Pantai Manis assemblyman
Datuk Rahim Ismail to task for his recent statement about
the association’s president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
According to Malakun, Abdul Rahim’s statement was tantamount
to insulting Pairin who is Deputy Chief Minister cum Infrastructure
Malakun in a statement yesterday pointed out that Chief
Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s recent statement that “Future
is what Matters” is very a wise and laudable advice to the
leaders of Sabah and that he fully agreed with the former
that a “United Sabah” is important in order to bring progress
to Sabah and its people.
“Unlike the above statement by the Chief Minister, it is
deeply regretted, especially by members of the Kadazan Dusun
Cultural Association (KDCA) that Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail,
the State assemblyman for Pantai Manis, had chosen to directly
insult Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan by saying that “Pairin
should have recognised that he and PBS were and up to this
day not national political material”.
“We would like to ask Datuk Abdul Rahim what he means by
“National Political Material”? By saying that Tan Sri Pairin
up to this day is not a “national political material” is
not only a personal attack on the character and standing
of Tan Sri Pairin but also downright very insulting to the
KDCA members throughout Sabah since Pairin happens to be
also the recognised “Huguan Siou” or the Paramount Leader
of the Kadazan Dusun Murut people,” he said.
Pairin, Malakun said, has been KDCA president for the past
29 years therefore Rahim should not openly try to insult
the Huguan Siou as not of “national political material”
because by insulting him that way, the latter is indirectly
also insulting the rest of the KDM, especially the KDCA
members all over Sabah, including the KDM voters in Pantai
Manis or the Papar area.
“If Pairin is not of national political material, then
how about the rest of the Sabah leaders who are serving
in the Federal Cabinet like Tan Sri Bernard G. Dompok, Datuk
Seri Anifah Aman and Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili?
“Are they too regarded as “inferior” and not up to the
mark and expectation of Datuk Abdul Rahim as of “national
political material?” One must also remember that Tan Sri
Pairin is one of the longest serving Members of Parliament
in Malaysia today and Parliament happens to be the highest
law making body of the Nation.
“If Pairin is not of national political material, then
he would not have lasted so long in Parliament,” he stressed.
Malakun also said that he is consulting his lawyers with
the possibility of suing Abdul Rahim by his statement that
“logs in millions of cubic metres from Sabah Foundation
and Sabah Forest Industries had been exported at greatly
deflated prices to enrich a very selected few”.
According to him, as the managing director of Sabah Forest
Industries (SFI) from 1985-1992, he considered the above
statement by Abdul Rahim as a libel.
“I hereby therefore wish to demand for a public apology
from him and to withdraw his statement that referred to
SFI, or otherwise I will sue him for libel and slander.
“The price of logs sold by SFI was based on current market
price at the time and to say that we sold logs at “greatly
deflated prices” is libelous and a lie. In any case, most
of SFI logs at the time were sent to the chipping plant
to process into fibre for the making of white printing and
writing papers, “ he said.
“I also do not know where Datuk Rahim Ismail got the figure
of RM2.5 billion reserve from Datuk Harris Salleh – BERJAYA
government at the time that was spent by PBS under Tan Sri
Pairin plus a further deficit of RM2.5 billion, thus making
a total of RM5 billion being squandered by the PBS Government,”
Malakun pointed out.
The above figure quoted by Rahim Ismail, is surely just
a figment of his imagination, he opined, adding that Abdul
Rahim must know that the Minister of Finance during PBS
time was Dompok and his Assistant Minister was Datuk Seri
Panglima Yong Teck Lee.
No one had ever accused Pairin of having exhausted the
State’s reserve to the amount as stated above by Rahim Ismail,
Malakun said and stressed that it would have been impossible
for any chief minister to squander so much Rakyat’s money
without having to pass the necessary Supplementary Supply
Bills in the State Assembly.
He also was of the opinion that the malevolent and malicious
statement by Abdul Rahim seems to take the guise of a clumsy
stab at bringing up conflict amongst the Barisan Nasional
(BN) components in order to undermine the current top state
“Perhaps Datuk Abdul Rahim is not alone but is merely the
pawn of certain quarters with their own agendas that they
think can be furthered or attained by starting fires of
discord. It may not be too far off the mark to deduce that
he/they are attempting to create a situation that can be
taken advantage of.
“If that is so, then they are severely mistaken. Gone are
the days of brash leadership. If perhaps we have not been
fast enough to take lessons from the fast changing political
world order, at the very least our last State General Election
was definitely a wake-up call.
“Politicians and leaders who take a narrow view have very
limited life-spans. The Rakyat have a powerful voice that
cannot be ignored. In the Spirit of national interests,
the ruling coalition and responsible BN leaders have taken
this to heart. They have embraced the willingness to change
in order to deliver better results for the country,” he
According to Malakun, however critical one might be, this
is the reason why the Rakyat have welcomed the Prime Minister’s
‘1 Malaysia – People First, Performance now’ call.
“It is a vision that is clearly reflected in our Chief
Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman’s capable and dynamic
leadership that has turned Sabah around and brought much
needed socio-economic development to Sabah and has abundantly
refilled and strengthen the State’s finance since he became
the Chief Minister in 2003.
“To acknowledge appreciation where it is due, we should
salute the Chief Minister for being both holistic and forward
looking in his approach to run the State Administration.
I fully concur with him that we definitely have more pressing
priorities than just trying to squabble about what happened
in the past and who is at fault and who are not at fault.
“ Sabah’s elected Leaders should all try to focus on remaining
united, looking at the future and serving the people of
Sabah well, with dedication and sincerity rather than highlighting
differences of the past,” he said.
KDCA, being one of the biggest ethnic cultural associations
in Sabah, hopes that Sabah leaders will emulate the good
example of the Chief Minister who gives sound advice and
that Sabahans, no matter what race or religion they belong
to, should all unite to make Sabah politically and economically
strong for the benefit of all Sabahans and their children
to come,” he stressed.