East Malaysia is now the national bastion of BN

1 04 2008

‘Fewer East Malaysians hold senior portfolios’

Posted By rajlira On 1st April 2008 @ 00:03 In Local

KOTA KINABALU: The declining number of East Malaysians in the Federal Cabinet is a cause of concern as this could have detrimental effects on the Barisan Nasional (BN).

National Central Youth MCA Committee member cum MCA Sabah Deputy Youth chief Wilfred Yong yesterday pointed out that the number of East Malaysians holding senior ministerial portfolios in the Federal government had declined since the 12th general election.

Yong, who stated this in a statement yesterday, was commenting on a statement made by State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Majun.

“Whilst not wishing to add to the Prime Minister’s woes, I have to endorse and add to the comments made by Datuk Masidi Manjun Masidi,” he said.

According to Yong, Masidi’s remarks was on the paucity of representation of Sabah BN at the highest level of government but pointed out that the same comment applied to the whole of East Malaysia.

He said it was a fact that the number of East Malaysians appointed to senior ministerial portfolios had actually declined since the election.

“In Sabah and Sarawak, the people supporting BN candidates showed a strength of force on March 8 and in many cases, the majorities garnered by the candidates in these two states increased substantially compared with their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia, where there were disturbing losses of support,” he said.

Yong lamented that even on a pro rata basis, Sabah had lost out in the “reward” of senior posts, especially when put alongside Umno’s home state of Johor.

“Even though I accept that when drawing up his Cabinet, the Prime Minister had a difficult task to create an effective balance, but I have to humbly express that he is running a serious risk of alienating loyal BN East Malaysians,” he stressed.

Many workers from all the BN component parties had put in incredible efforts prior to the election and Sabah, particularly, had received scant reward of recognition for their work or loyalty.

“By any measure East Malaysia is now the national bastion of BN and neither Umno nor any of the other parties should, by default, squander the vital 24 parliamentary seats.

“Perhaps it is time the BN leadership break out from their KL-centric mindset and show by their actions that East Malaysians are really fully paid-up members and citizens of equal paramount of the nation.

“Therefore, I call upon the central leadership to address this issue urgently and to really consider the well-being of Sabahans since it has become one of the poorest states in the country. I fear that failure to do so may result not only in a disillusioned electorate but an eventual catastrophe far worse than the March 8 general election,” Yong said.

Article printed from The Borneo Post Online: http://www.theborneopost.com

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One response

2 04 2008
No Reward Malaysian

Is politics all about race, position, power and reward? Are there no politicians and supporters who worked because they are working towards a better Malaysians? Look at this article. Look here, they whine, we had worked hard, etc., now where are our rewards. Same thing with that Perak DAP elected members who submitted his resignation because “not enough Indians representation.” Did he ask about the calibre of those elevated to exco positions? No, he was looking at the color of the skip. What is the difference between him and OK Ting who said he will “continued to fight for Chinese rights.” Now is OK Ting more Chinese than Malaysians.

I worked as a volunteer worker because I was fed-up with what is happening to Malaysia, not because I want rewards from those candidates whom I help get elected. How about politicians. Yes, I believe there are also politicians who worked not because of positions and rewards. I only pray we have more of them here in Malaysia. Only thing I ask myself is, when will those in Sabah and Sarawak wake up, but perhaps some of them knows but are powerless to do anything. But worry not. Not oppressive empire can last for ever. What happened to that great Roman Empire and the Empire upon which the sun never set?

Yes, there will be a time of reckoning. When exactly, nobody knows. But come it will, be assured.

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