Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman together with PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, PBS Acting President Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili (front left), UPKO Acting President Datuk Seri Panglima Madius Tangau (front, right) and PBRS President Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (front, second from right) in a group shot with participants of BN Retreat for PBS, UPKO and PBRS at Klagan Hotel yesterday.
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman has urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the State not to fear the opposition.
Musa, who is also Sabah BN chairman, said the BN parties should realize that the opposition parties were not strong.
He said the problem was not about the strength of the opposition, but the unity among the component parties.
“If we cannot unite or cooperate, fight among ourselves, we will be weak. If we fight, even the strong will be weak, and victory will be defeat.
“If we have understanding and unity, there will be no problem. Do not ever fear the opposition,” Musa said.
He said the opposition had more problems as some of the newly-established parties had not even formed divisions or branches.
Leaders of the opposition parties were individuals who wanted to be candidates, kicked out from their parties or those against whom action had been taken, Musa said when officiating at the ‘Tatap BN’ programme here yesterday.
The event was attended by the top leaders of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).
He said the event, the first held between the three parties, was a good sign in creating understanding and cooperation among PBS, PBRS and Upko.
“It is high time for us to get serious (to achieve) maximum unity. It shows the maturity of PBS, PBRS and Upko in pursuing the interests of the people,” Musa said.
He said PBS, PBRS and Upko should also be united to have a stronger voice for the KDM community.
Musa said this was his fourth time leading the coalition in a general election in Sabah as the chief minister.
He said it was important not to take things for granted, to work hard, unite and cooperate with each other to ensure victory.
He said BN component parties should not take the general election lightly as the situation and landscape had changed.
Musa also stressed on the importance of having a winning mentality, to see BN as a coalition with good track record and policies.
“We should not be doubtful or shy in promoting our party.”
Musa said he had experience with three prime ministers of Malaysia, namely Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He pointed out that Sabah was only granted two federal ministers during Mahathir’s era.
However, the State now had six leaders holding important portfolios in the federal cabinet when Najib became the Prime Minister.
“This proves that Najib recognizes Sabahans’ ability to hold important portfolios and positions.”
Musa also believed in Najib’s assurance that Sabah’s rights unintentionally taken away from the State would be rectified and returned.
He said that when he was the Finance Minister during Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat’s administration in Sabah, the Rural and Regional Development Ministry (KKLW) allocated RM300 million for rural development in the State, but only 10 percent of the funds had been utilized in implementing the projects.
He said the past KKLW minister had not even come to Sabah to meet him and the state ministers to discuss how to utilize the funds.
“You had become an arrogant minister,” he said.
As a result, he said, many projects were incomplete or disrupted.
“This is not an insult. This is a fact, a reality.”
Musa added that the former minister had never raised Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), nor had he given opportunities to Sabahans to hold high positions at the federal level.
“Which parties have been fighting for Sabahans earlier on? PBS, Upko and PBRS. He was just copying others,” he said.
He said BN members must go to the ground and use the social media to tell the people, particularly the younger generation, not to be influenced by the opposition.