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Sabah BN leaders dismiss Mahathir’s victory prediction as strategy to confuse voters

 | September 7, 2017

Sabah is too stable for the opposition to have any chance at all, says BN Backbenchers Club chairman Abdul Rahim Ismail.


KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s prediction of winning at least half the parliamentary and state seats in Sabah in the 14th general election has been dismissed as a strategy to confuse voters.

Putatan MP Marcus Mojigoh told FMT that Mahathir was trying to swing Sabah voters to the opposition by casting PH as the likely winner in GE14.

He sarcastically suggested he was surprised why Mahathir did not predict that the opposition would “sweep” all the seats instead of just half.

If he could say that, he said BN leaders could also predict that the ruling coalition would win all Sabah’s parliamentary and state seats because of several reasons.

“BN is stronger and our records show we can deliver better while the opposition can only promise. Besides, the opposition are so disunited, always fighting among themselves.

“Many of the leaders in the opposition are a bunch of frustrated and probably desperado type of people, yearning to become ministers. In other words, they have a personal agenda,” said Mojigoh, a member of Upko which is a component of the Sabah BN.

He also said BN has a better and stronger machinery and it is “full of good leaders” compared to the opposition whose leaders were mostly rookies.

“The opposition leaders don’t have the people’s confidence and will be good for the opposition bench only.

“Finally, Mahathir knows that Sabahans will not trust him because of the damage he did to Sabah, especially flooding the state with illegal migrants.”

Mahathir has been blamed for the influx of illegal migrants into Sabah and who were allegedly given blue identity cards in order for them to vote for the BN.

Meanwhile, Sabah BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Abdul Rahim Ismail shared Mojigoh’s view that the state government could not be shaken by the opposition as it was very stable.

“If we still practise the rotation system for the chief minister’s post, a system Mahathir created and which made Sabah unstable, then, yes, I believe the opposition will win many seats,” he told FMT.

The rotation system, under which the chief minister’s post was shared among the Muslim Bumiputeras, Chinese and non-Muslim Bumiputeras every two years, was hugely unpopular after its introduction in 1994 by Mahathir.

It was finally scrapped by former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2004.

Rahim claimed since the rotation system was abolished, Sabah has been experiencing rapid socio-economic growth.

The federal government, he said, continued to pour money to help Sabah’s development.

“Because of the stability we are experiencing right now, the federal government has full confidence in the state’s leadership under Chief Minister Musa Aman.

“I am certain all Sabah leaders know and believe only BN can govern Sabah well,” he said.

At the end of the day, Rahim reminded Mahathir and other opposition leaders that it was up to the people to decide because Malaysia is a democratic nation.


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