Rise Up for Sabah with SAPP!
By Amde Sidik
(March 30, 2013)
There is tremendous appeal to go to polls this time, never before
according to my observation. This euphoria is either designed by a genius or
by coincidental stupidity-dragging GE13 right to the edge, that is. The
answer would be known only after polling of GE13. Of which, which group of
political parties form the government?
But lots of unknown qualities as far Sabah local political parties are
concerned, and this is where Peninsula leaders may be taken off-guard.
What's happening in Peninsula may not be the same as in Sabah. Sarawak has
proven in its last State GE, how many seats did Pakatan won?
In 1975, the USNO coalition government was defeated by then new BERJAYA
party, and the scenario was repeated in 1985 when another newly and
hastily formed PBS which defeated BERJAYA. At that time, it was Mahathir's remark
'sink and swim with Harris' among the determining factors.
In 1994, BN didn't win the GE in Sabah. BN formed the State
Government due to crossovers by PBS Assemblymen to BN. Datuk Lajim Ukin
and Rubin Balang, both from PBS started the bandwagon of frogs.
The same happened to Perak State Government in 2008 ... Pakatan Rakyat Assemblypersons defected to BN because of money. Let me
repeat who jumped? Answer is, the PR assemblypersons.
But in Sabah, in 2008 something opposite happened, it's the BN
Government politicians who quitted BN instead, thus being the
opposition until to this very day.
No politicians of Malaysia dared to present a motion of "a vote of no
confidence" against the Prime Minister in the history of Malaysia's
politics but Sabah's politicians did; it is Sabah Progressive Party
SAPP has been built on the non-racial platform right from its inception, no
issue of Chinese domination just because its president is a Chinese, convenient only
for UMNO and some fellow oppositions who disagree or out of jealousy.
SAPP has young and dynamic professional leaders in the making and well set
to take up the challenge to make Sabah stand high.
Hj Amde Sidik, is Deputy President of SAPP and Director of Progressive
Institute of Public Policy Analysis, Sabah.