I actually wanted to put this up last Wednesday and nearly forgot all about it.
Looks like the Sabah Federal Minister likes Malaya-based parties as much as I do.
Well said, Minister! Well said!
How The Borneo Post reported the story:
Reject peninsula-based parties — Dompok
by Peter Sibon.
Posted on April 6, 2011, Wednesday
SERIAN: Sarawakians must continue to support local-based political parties as they have the state’s interests at heart, said Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
As such he urged the people to reject all peninsula-based political parties in the coming state election.
“I am from Sabah, when we opened our doors for Semenanjung-based political parties to come over to my state, I tell you, you won’t want to know.
“As such I appeal to all Sarawakians to reject all peninsula opposition parties in the coming state election as they don’t have the state’s interests in their hearts,” said Dompok when officiating at the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) Clone Expansion Project at Kampung Lebor, not far from here yesterday.”
Currently, three peninsula-based opposition parties are vying for seats in the upcoming state election, namely they are DAP, PKR and PAS.
Umno has said on many occasions that it would not spread its wings to Sarawak as long as Bumiputera’s interests are well looked after by PBB.
PBB, the largest local-based party, has been allocated 35 seats in the coming election. BN’s other component parties are SUPP, PRS and SPDP.
Dompok stressed that it was the BN all along that really assisted the people in good and bad times.
“We are always there with the people. We know what the people need and our agenda has always been centred on the people’s wellbeing,” added Dompok.
On another issue, Dompok, who is also Minister of Plantations and Commodities, revealed that the decision to release the impounded bibles was actually the result of an excellent working relationship among federal ministers under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Last weekend, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala announced that the government has found a 10-point solution to the importation of Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia bibles into the state.
Meanwhile, Serian MP and Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Richard Riot Jaem said the people should back the BN candidate for Kedup, Martin Ben, in the coming state election.
“It doesn’t matter who represents the BN, our responsibility is to vote for the candidate who has been chosen by the top BN leadership,” stressed Riot.
The people, he said, must remember that supporting BN candidates meant that they supported the prime minister’s concept of 1Malaysia which had greatly enhanced racial unity among the country’s diverse ethnic communities.