PETALING JAYA: Sabahan youth activist Jufazli Shi Ahmad has confirmed he will stand in the next general election (GE14), but will not join any political party for now.
In an interview with FMT, the 26-year old said he would continue his push for change in Sabah through his Gerakan Anak Muda Selamatkan Sabah (GAMSS) organisation.
“I have received offers from a number of political parties, but at the moment I do not want to join any party. I will continue to speak up through GAMMS.”
He said he had been asked by many people to stand in GE14.
He would stand on the ticket of a party which offered Sabahans the best deal and was committed to fighting corruption in the state.
Jufazli, who boasts close to 40,000 Facebook fans, said GAMMS had five core struggles.
First on the list, he said, was bringing an end to alleged corruption in Sabah by Umno and BN.
He also said GAMSS was pushing for a new chief minister for Sabah and a new prime minister to develop Sabah.
The former Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Masters student explained it was crucial to defeat and remove Chief Minister Musa Aman and Umno in Sabah.
He felt this was important so that the federal government could listen to Sabah’s demands, rather than it being a mere fixed deposit of the BN.
“We also want to ensure Sabah’s sovereignty within the federation,” he said, adding this meant an end to the Philippines’ claim over the state.
Another core struggle was Sabah’s development, charging that the state government had failed to develop Sabah properly.
“We also want to strengthen the two-party system in Sabah to ensure better check and balance of governance.”
Jufazli said GAMSS was also focused on improving access to young eligible voters to register as voters.
“My message to Sabahans is to be brave in pushing for change. Our short-term goal is to remove Musa and Najib through democratic means.
“Our long-term vision is for Sabah to progress, implement institutional reforms and restore Sabah’s rights, as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.”
Earlier this month, Jufazli, who is well-known in Sabah for his criticisms of Musa and the Sabah government, was arrested.
He was investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.
He has yet to be charged in court.