Bersih 2.0..”Sabah State Elections November..?”

By Bugi Wijaya

Sabah BN will be bracing for a “SNAP State Election” in latest in November 2011 this year.  According to a source closed to Minister of Science Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili the snap poll will be a break from holding the state elections simultaneously with the parliamentary elections.  Reverting to the old practices of holding its own state elections prior to 2004, this snap polls is hope to gauge the support of the people of Sabah as a strong hold state of BN after Johor and Sarawak.

As a fixed deposit of BN, victory in the Sabah will eradicate any fallout from the recent opposition BERSIH 2.0 movement and be a morale booster for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak to lead BN to a new mandate from the people.

The uneasiness felt by the Prime Minister who is also BN Chairman is understandable considering the fact that a “Majlis Penerangan Perdana” briefing for UMNO members and certain NGOs were held at the Putra World Trade Centre with last minute notice.  In the briefing Najib lambast the opposition led by Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahiim who has created chaos with the BERSIH 2.0 rally.  In reiterating himself as a responsible leader for Malaysia Najib choose not to mobilise the 3 million strong members of UMNO to counter such rallies and left it to the authorities to act fairly.

DAP Sabah taking it supporting BERSIH 2.0 in an undisclosed location

The fall out from the BERSIH 2.0 has been underestimated and the silence by other BN component leaders has been deafening.  With certain factions of the ruling party not pleased with how this BERSIH 2.0 or “BERSHIT” as some of them called it, Najib is under pressure to step in and trouble shoot the public relations disasters caused by others.

In calling for a snap poll in Sabah, BN hope to ride on the differences of the various opposition parties in Sabah which have not been able to come to a common stand on seats allocation and also power sharing with Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) prefering a autonomy rule unlike PAS, PKR and DAP which are all linked to Peninsular based parties and are not autonomous.

However the calling of a state elections could be risky for the state BN under Chief Minster Datuk Musa Hj Aman as the issues of illegal immigrants, high cost of essential goods, struggles of the business community and the recent electricity tariff hike has not gone down easy with the man of the street to the business community.

It would also be an opportunity to Musa opponents within the state BN ranks to use this elections as a report card on his performances.  Afterall, they only need to win the parliamentary elections to form the federal government.  The state BN component LDP has been vocal against Musa as the chief minister and they have alligned themselves with UMNO Vice PResident Datuk Shafie Afdal who is the Federal Minster for Rural Development. With Musa relying much on PBS under President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan thus alienating UPKO and PBRS, the gripes vine has heard how the other components were not even consulted o the electricity tariff hike.

How the local politics in Sabah BN will be play out in these few months will depend on the movement and network of the key players during the muslim fasting month and the subsequent muslim festival.  So let us see who break fast with whom and what hold for Sabah BN under Musa.

Bugi Wijaya’s earlier article:- BERSIH 2.0 – The Day After in Sabah

The Day After is a 1983 American television movie which aired on November 20, 1983, on the ABCtelevision network. It was seen by more than 100 million people during its initial broadcast.

The film portrays a fictionalwar between NATO forces and the Warsaw Pact that rapidly escalates into a full scale nuclear exchangebetween the United Statesand the Soviet Union. It focuses on the residents of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City,Missouri, as well as several family farms situated next to nuclear missile silos.

Unlike the movie where there was chaos and the main characters had all died in the end, there was calmness and peace in Sabah after the “BERSIH 2.0 rally yesterday.

Here in Sabah especially the state capital Kota Kinabalu, the day after is the normal busy Gaya Street Fair which are packed with local and tourists alike. However the normalcy ends here.
Among the topics in the coffee shops and the churchgoers, the topic is none other than the BERSIH campaign.

A random check with the people here at Gaya Street actually saw the anger of the people against the police for the numerous road blocks in the state capital which contributed to traffic jams.

Jacob said that it is an insult to the local that the police should mount road blocks
to look people in yellow instead of weeding out the illegal immigrants.“In Sabah, it’s a known fact that the PTI (pendatang tanpa izin i.e. illegal immigrant) problem is serious and they never want to solve it but yet I witnessed myself a lady in yellow hauled out from the car in front of me to be
questioned,” adds Jacob, “and that is for wearing yellow.”

A trader who declined to be indentified at the street fair said that demonstrations are not the culture of the Sabah people and the last previous demonstrations are mostly the ruling party
UMNO style.  “In 1986, the demonstrations participated by mostly illegal immigrants destroyed the Karamunsing warehouse are”.

As the net sphere gets overwhelms by the BERSIH 2.0 in Kuala Lumpur and even Deputy
Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah warns that “Blocking Bersih has hurt BN”,  ( the Sabah state security council under Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Hj Aman
has better get moving on the grouses of the people on the illegal immigrant issues which has continued to plague Sabah with numerous stories of “Project ICs” and phantom voters.

Whether this will be translated into a lost of votes for Sabah BN in the comingelection which are expected to be called soon will be seen as the day comes nearer.

Someone OUT THERE IS really worried:-

10 thoughts on “Bersih 2.0..”Sabah State Elections November..?”

  1. sarawakiana says:

    Najib will not even dare to call for anything at the moment. He needs to come up with 2Malaysia first before he dares to call the GE13.

  2. Ibans kuching says:

    Nation of gimmickry and sloganeering ” Bolehland ”

    Charismatic but autocratic Tun Mahatir first came out with Bersih ,Cekap dan Amanah, then followed by religious in-depth of Islam Hadari but sluggish Abdullah’s philosophy Gemilang,cermalang dan Terbilang,now a western styled minister with his widely thunderous yet famous Apco luckily not Poco-Poco 1 Malaysia.What will be it next ?.

  3. Ibans kuching says:

    Most politicians are great liars and doctor spinners which have been categorised as the most untrustworthy group of professions by surveys in most countries.

    They merely talk for the rakyat but walk and work more for their own interests and gains.

  4. halimah says:

    The downward slide for UMNO is clearly seen. It seems the malays are now favouring PAS and also PKR. MCA is already a gone towkay party while Gerakan and the rests of the BN component partners are hanging on to their dear life. Very soon it will see the demise of BN.

  5. Ranau boy says:

    PBS in trouble and SAPP will come in strong and PKR will also make Sabah run for their money. Wind of change coming? a long way off but anything can happen between now and the state elections in Sabah.

  6. Semporna fly says:

    Musa should go and let the new blood take over. Najib should put Shafiee Apdal as CM sooner rather than later.

  7. stephanie chin says:

    Sabah will fall like pin balls.A bastion of BN. Sorry and BN needs to do more especially the illegal immigrants issue. We are taken over now by foreigners. Is Putrajaya selling off Sabah soon?

  8. Bei Soo Lang says:

    Sabah is the most corrupted State in Malaysia,
    Meet me at any of the 5 star hotels in Kota Kinabalu,
    And I will show you all the evidence from my PC,
    Bei Soo Lang.
    Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has been urged to deal with the issues of rampant corruption, illegal immigrants and the ‘fear’ to take corrective actions immediately.

    Describing the issues as the ‘three axis of evil’ in Sabah, Senator Chin Su Phin said the federal government’s move to offer amnesty to illegals with only worsen the situation in the state.

    He contended that presently one out of every four persons in Sabah is an illegal immigrant and cautioned that with the amnesty programme announced by Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein coming into effect in July, the ratio of Sabahan to illegal immigrant could soon be 1:2 due to the wave of unrestricted entry of illegal immigrants into the state.

    “Very soon, Sabahans will no longer feel like they are residing in Malaysia due to the massive change in population make-up.

    “Although the amnesty will benefit the plantation and the construction bosses, the majority of Sabahans will lose out.

    “Our health care services have already reached maximum capacity.

    “Hospitals no longer have the capacity to provide proper health care services to the locals and patients have to wait in long queues together with the aliens,” he said.

    Chin said that recently the Kundasang Development and Security Committee chairman Mien Bangaloi complained to the local authority that immigrants, (known by their Bahasa Malaysia acronym of PTI) were also trading in competition with the local farmers at a tourist resort area in Kundasang.

    “Instead of being employed in the farms or working as hawker’s assistants, the PTIs have instead become bosses in their own right.

    “The PTIs can sell their farm produce at a lower price compared to the local thus depriving the local of making any reasonable profits.

    “Surely this will not contribute to a high income society as envisage by the Prime Minister.

    “The population of foreigners are continuing to grow by the hundreds in remote locations like Masilau and Monteki (in Kundasang) and complaints of the security committee in Ranau district are unable to stop the flood of migration of foreign workers,” said Chin, who is also Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) deputy president.

    Amnesty won’t do

    Chin also dismissed the rationale of the amnesty that vice-activities such as money-laundering, terrorist activities and drug smuggling would be minimised as an absolute fallacy.

    “Simple logic will tell you that the more foreigners we have, the more the vice activities will increase and the more our police force will have to handle criminal cases.

    “Opening our front door to foreigners will only make way for Sabah to be flooded with aliens.

    “Who can guarantee that the time will not come for the foreigners to declare their own Sultan in Sabah when their numbers have multiplied and their population eventually overtake the local population,” he said, citing the self-proclamation of Mohd Akjan Datu Muhammad as the “Sultan of Sulu” at the latter’s residence in Likas early this year.

    Chin supported the recent call by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) youth leader cum Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports, Jahid Jahim for an investigation to determine Akjan’s citizenship.

    He said Akjan was born in Jambangan, Nipah-Nipah Sulu in the Southern Philippines on Nov 23, 1957 and “from listening to his Filipino slang, you can tell that we have a classic case where a foreigner has not only become boss but also a sultan in our beloved state of Sabah.

    “There will be more bosses and sultans if we do not handle this ‘mother of all problems’ in Sabah with a comprehensive strategy.

    “It is public knowledge that Akjan was arrested and detained under the ISA in the mid 1990s after he was allegedly caught with a briefcase containing about 2,000 Malaysian identity cards at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on a return flight from Kuala Lumpur.

    “It was alleged that he was selling the ICs to Filipino illegal immigrants in Sabah for between RM500 and RM3,000,” Chin said.

    On the issue of wasteful spending, corruption, abuse of power and poor delivery system, Chin pointed out that Akjan’s company Nautica Technologies Sdn Bhd was awarded the GOF headquarters development project in Kinarut in 2004 for RM214 million.

    He recalled that the project ground to a halt due to incompetence and the government had to bail the contractor out.

    Chin also cited the the 179KM Kalabakan-Sepulut road project completed early this year at a cost of RM565 million.

    “The road cost RM3 million per kilometer to build. But market estimates RM1 million per kilometer was enough to build the gravel road.

    “So, where did the RM358 million go to?” he said, adding that on June 18 State Public Works Department Director John Anthony announced that another RM270 Million had been approved for the upgrading the failed road.

    “Instead of investigating why the road failed to perform, another opportunity for corruption has arisen for upgrading the road.

    “Why do the people of Sabah again have to pay for corruption and incompetence?”

    “This is one of the reasons why Sabah is still lagging behind in many aspects and is labeled the poorest state in the country, especially in vital basic infrastructure despite spending billions of development fund in Sabah,” he said.

    ‘Civilised robbers’

    Chin said that another Sabah mega project is the Tanjung Aru-Tenom railway project which was tended out for RM330 million and targeted to be completed in May 2008, but now requires an additional RM300 million for its completion.

    He contended the Sabah Railway project has gone off-track, it is incomplete and also RM40 million had been overpaid to the contractor.

    “License to govern does not mean license to be corrupt and some politicians will have to learn this the hard way.

    “One wonders when there will be enough awareness in this country that citizens would learn to question the ‘civilised robbers’, question them, fight them and fix them.

    “Some people termed corruption as highway robbery, I say that unrestrained and unchecked “god –like” power is the main contributor to our poor transparency index of 4.4 out of 10 perfect points.

    “Malaysia barely passed the transparency test in 2008 with a score of 5.5, today we have failed with a score of 4.4 out of 10.

    “Since Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia and poverty being a hugh indicator of corruption, I can say that our own Sabah Transparency index is 1 out of 10 points,” said Chin during his maiden speech at the Dewan Rakyat recently.

    Chin’s LDP party is a member of the Sabah Barisan Nasional coalition.

  9. Bei Soo Lang says:

    RCI on Sabah illegal migrants unlikely, says cableJoseph Sipalan
    Sep 3, 11
    2:01pm10 friends can read this story for freeA confidential US embassy cable puts little hope in the possibility of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Sabah’s illegal immigrant problem, blaming it on the vested interests of “Mahathir-era politicians” in the state.

    The cable, posted online by Wikileaks, alleged that the federal government and Umno had actively facilitated the issuance of Malaysian documents to illegal immigrants in exchange for political support.

    The cable went on to claim that a retired senior intelligence official “frankly admitted” that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed’s (right) administration had “facilitated illegal immigration” from neighbouring Indonesia and the Philippines to “better balance the state’s ethnic and religious equation”.

    The retired official allegedly said that this was a preventive measure to “ward off any future separatist sentiments in Sabah, in addition to attracting Umno votes needed to control the state”.

    “A Royal Commission, operated properly, would likely expose the depth of Umno and BN’s political corruption and vote manipulation, further inciting Sabahans,” stated the cable, dated Sept 5, 2008.

    Sabah politicians and activists have long been demanding that the federal government fulfil its responsibilities in helping solve this long-standing issue, with many claiming that it started to get out of hand during the 1994 state elections when the then opposition PBS was toppled by the BN after a nine-year rule.

    Among the demands put forward was for a RCI to be formed to probe the root causes of the state’s burgeoning illegal immigrant problem.

    The latest call came from Upko president and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Bernard Dompok, following the purported installation of a Sabah businessman as the Sultan of Sulu.

    Crackdown on illegals ‘political band aid’

    This was, however, not the first time Dompok (right) had demanded a RCI, with the cable stating that he had told US embassy officials back in 2008 that the Royal Commission is needed to find out who are issuing Malaysian documents to illegal immigrants for any action to be effective.

    Describing the periodic operations against the illegal migrants in Sabah as “political band aid”, the cable pointed out that Sabahans “see the immigrants being deported as ‘low hanging fruit’, enabling authorities to demonstrate that they are ‘doing something’ about it”.

    The cable also quoted the then Suhakam vice-chairperson Simon Sipaun, who cited estimates of around 1.9 million illegals and/or undocumented people living in Sabah, far higher than the federal government’s official estimates of 240,000.

    Another person quoted in the cable, Muhammad Radzi Jamaludin who was principal assistant secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Southeast Asia division, allegedly conceded to US embassy officials that many Filipinos deported from Sabah returned after just “a couple weeks”.

    He added that some Malaysian women falsely claim Filipino citizenship, only to announce they are Malaysians upon reaching the Philippines and that they wanted to stay with their husbands, who were being deported.

    Govt accused of ‘selective crackdown’

    The cable concluded that the federal government crackdowns on illegal immigrants in Sabah have been “selective” and “explicitly avoids raids on key areas of migrant employment” such as manufacturing, logging, palm oil plantations and service industries, “which could be forced to curtail operations without their illegal migrant workers”.

    A local journalist met by US embassy officials allegedly told them that an earlier damping down “that proved too effective” in detaining illegal immigrants after local business leaders complained and the police official who planned the operation was punished and transferred.

    “Sabahans consider illegal immigration a major concern, even though important segments of the state’s economy are highly dependent on cheap migrant labour.

    “Many view illegal immigrants, especially Filipino Muslims, as upsetting the political balance in Sabah, whose native majority is Catholic.

    “The lack of enthusiasm among Sabahans for current illegal immigrant crackdown illustrates the overall mistrust of the BN government and its peninsular-centric policies,” the cable said.
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