Did Sabah opposition make a deal with Mahathir, says Henrynus

Henrynus Amin, president of Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri, wonders why so many attended the Sabah PPBM launch. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: A leader of an opposition party here has questioned the significant turnout of other opposition leaders for Sabah PPBM’s launch on Saturday.

Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri president Henrynus Amin said he was perplexed that top opposition leaders attended the launch, at which Dr Mahathir Mohamad officiated, at a time of high public discontent on a proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution.

“I cannot help but conclude that these opposition leaders who came to welcome the prime minister would have sealed a deal in return for their open and passionate support of PPBM’s entry to Sabah,” he said here today.

Among the opposition leaders present were Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan, Liberal Democratic Party president Chin Su Phin, and PBS assemblymen Joniston Bangkuai and Jahid Jahim.

Others present were former Umno minister and Kimanis MP Anifah Aman; PBRS president Joseph Kurup and his son Pensiangan MP Arthur Kurup; as well as former chief ministers Harris Salleh and Chong Kah Kiat.

Henrynus said there was little of substance in Mahathir’s speech onstate rights except to hint about on the remote possibility of a Sabahan or Sarawakian becoming a prime minister.

“These are vague and unrealistic promises that serve nothing and certainly would not impress ordinary Sabahans.

Parti Cinta Sabah president Wilfred Bumburing, who also attended the launch, was unhappy that Mahathir did not seize the opportunity to talk about Sabah’s rights.

“Mahathir should have taken the opportunity to explain about the constitutional amendment as Pakatan Harapan had promised to amend the constitution to make Sabah and Sarawak equal partners to Malaya.

“However, the bill as it is has no effect on meeting the objective, raising questions whether the federal leadership is serious about the issue,” he said.