Salleh: Struggle for Sabah rights not prerogative of opposition

Salleh Said Keruak praised PM Najib for declaring Sept 16 a holiday to recognise formation of Malaysia.

TENOM: Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak said the struggle for the rights of the Sabah people did not belong solely to the opposition.

Instead, said Salleh, the right belonged to all the people of Sabah.

“To us in Barisan Nasional (BN), it is the people who determine it. Whatever was agreed when we formed Malaysia must be abided because that is the struggle of the Sabah people,” he said in his speech at a meet-the-people programme held here today.

Salleh said the assurance given by Prime Minister Najib Razak was clear, that any right which had been taken away from the people of Sabah would be returned.

“What more do we want. Before Datuk Seri Najib Razak was prime minister, we were never recognised like this.

“We used to celebrate only Aug 31, but when Datuk Seri Najib became prime minister, he added one more date that was very important, which was Sept 16.

“Sept 16 was the date our country was formed… he declared a public holiday which shows that Datuk Seri Najib acknowledged…. which means he (Najib) respects us (the people of Sabah) as partners in the formation of Malaysia,” he said.

Commenting on the politics of the opposition led by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Salleh said his presence on the national political stage was merely because he was angry with Najib.

“It is a personal thing. When he was prime minister, he used to insult Kit Siang (Lim Kit Siang). Kit Siang would insult Mahathir, Mahathir would insult Anwar, Anwar would insult Mahathir.

“Now the situation has turned. Now, they are all friends just to achieve their political objective and not to develop Malaysia,” he said.

Salleh urged the people of Tenom to unite to give their undivided support to BN, the party which really fought for the people of the country.

Commenting on the candidates for the general election in the constituency, Salleh said the choice of Rubin Balang as BN candidate for the Tenom parliamentary seat was apt, considering his track record in representing the Kemabong state seat for several terms.

“I am confident he has no problems winning the seat to continue the development which had been planned by the previous MP,” he said.

Salleh said he was also confident the BN candidates for the Kemabong state seat, Jamawi Jaafar, and the Melalap state seat, Radin Malleh, would not face any difficulty winning both seats.