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PUBLISHED: Jul 6, 2014 7:24pm

Facebook campaign to remove Sabah CM over illegal immigrant issue

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SEAN AUGUSTIN By:
Sean Augustin

A screen shot of the Facebook campaign that Christopher 'Toguk' Masudal is running to remove current Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

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KUALA LUMPUR July 6:

A Facebook campaign by a media activist to remove Datuk Seri Musa Aman as Sabah’s Chief Minister is said to be gaining a lot of support.

The “Remove Musa” campaign by Christopher “Toguk” Masudal has already attracted up to 750 likes and was shared 210 times with more than 300 comments all calling for the removal of Musa, especially over his handling of illegal immigrants and repeated kidnappings in the state.

The overwhelming response to Masudal’s campaign is probably music to the Sabah Opposition’s ears as they plan to table a vote of no confidence against Musa in the coming state assembly.

It was also a response Masudal did not expect as he had initiated the campaign out of his indignation over the state government’s plans to relocate villagers with dubious citizenship from Kampung Pondo, Pulau Gaya, to Kinarut.

There is opposition to this initiative as the recipients of these modern housing amenities are believed to be “Project IC” holders. “Project C” is the name used to describe the allegation of systematic granting of citizenship to immigrants, whether illegal or otherwise.

“My personal campaign is not aimed at toppling or inciting the people to go against the state government, but someone must be held responsible for all these failures,” he said in a statement today.

Masudal, who is the press secretary to PKR Penampang Member of Parliament Darell Leiking.

He pointed out that while Barisan Nasional MPs here loved to compliment Musa as a very shrewd businessman who had managed to increase the state’s funds to RM3 billion, none of them had ever praised him as a leader who had surpassed the commitment shown by former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat in dealing with illegal immigrants.

Musa succeeded Chong in 2003.

Chong, who helmed the state between 2001 and 2003, was renowned for his tough stance on illegal immigrants.

Masadul, however, acknowledged that many Sabahans would view the campaign as a futile effort, even though there existed “a flicker of struggle within the hearts of all the Sabahans” to end the injustice, discrimination and corrupt system in Sabah.

“But, sadly, in some Sabahans, the urge may have not yet overwhelmed them and they are still full of doubts whether such a struggle is worthwhile or not.

“Maybe because they have seen so many betrayals in Sabah politics before, hence some of them do not want to entertain their own urge by rationalising that such a struggle will be a futile effort and destined to doom,” he said.

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