KOTA KINABALU, Feb 3, 2015:
Sabah PKR chief Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin should first take a good look in the mirror before belittling the newly-formed alliance of three local Opposition parties here, said Sabah State Reform Party (Sabah Star) chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
Disappointed with the Sabah Opposition leader’s recent remark, Jeffrey said Lajim was never sincere in helping the state or its people.
The alliance — comprising Sabah Star, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and Sabah Reform Movement (APS) — Jeffrey stressed, was a reflection of their determination to bring about change.
“Lajim, despite once being a person with authority as he was a deputy federal minister, did nothing for Sabahans or the state,” Jeffrey told The Rakyat Post, today.
Lajim recently chastised SAPP president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee, APS president Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing and Jeffrey on their recent decision to set up an alliance, stating they were fighting a losing battle.
The Klias assemblyman added that the trio’s intention of battling against Barisan Nasional in the next general election was meaningless and even if they succeeded, it would amount to nothing as only a national-based coalition, like the Pakatan Rakyat, would be able to “answer the rakyat’s prayers”.
Jeffrey, however, shot back, accusing PKR and PR of just using Sabahans to win the election, adding they did not even respect the indigenous people in the state.
“If PR came to power, Sabah would will still be ‘colonised’ by the national alliance. We will not get the autonomy we want because the state leaders will still refer to Kuala Lumpur for approvals.”
Jeffrey said if PKR was sincere in its struggle and true to its intentions to help Sabahans, he did not see any reason why its leaders could not work with local-based parties as equal partners.
He said while they were taking the first step towards a better and stronger alliance, the idea of forming a single party was “KIV” (keep in view).
“We never talked about forming a single party, but we did talk about working together and forming an alliance on the same cause.”