Christopher gets official letter replacing him as District Chief
Published on: Thursday, August 13, 2009
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Kota Kinabalu: The Penampang District Chief controversy unveiled a new development Wednesday when the letter to inform OKK Christopher Mojungkim that he has been replaced finally reached him.According to him, the letter that was signed by the Director of the Native Affairs Council, Mohd Said Hinayat, was given to him yesterday by a clerk from the District Office.

The letter, he said, was dated July 23, 2009.

He said he is really saddened with the situation because it is as if they don't appreciate his years of contribution to the people.

"I am also deeply embarrassed by this episode because I came to know about my termination from the newspaper before the official letter finally reached me," he said.

Never to give up, Christopher said he would still come to his office at the Native Court in the Penampang District Office come September 1 even though the letter clearly stated "incoming" District Chief, Sylvester Disimon, will be replacing him.

"Even my children and supporters have been asking why am I being treated like this," he said.

He said the least they should have done was the courtesy of informing him personally.

He suspected that there is a "conspiracy" to oust him from the position.

On Tuesday, he said despite the District Chief position is only a political appointment there is no provision in the Native Affairs Constitution for age limit.

He said the District Chief could carry out his duty as long as he feels he is still capable of contributing.

Christopher, who is 66, said he was previously a village chief for 21 years and native chief for eight years while district chief, for one year and five months.

"I am still strong and I think I can contribute my knowledge and experience for another 15 years," he said.

He said Sylvester, who is his second cousin of the Wong Sim Ting clan, has never met him to discuss about the replacement.

A press conference has been arranged tomorrow (Friday) at the Penampang Native Court at 8.30am.

Sylvester, who is former general manager of Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority (SHTDA), submitted his letter of acceptance to Penampang District Officer, William Sampil, in the presence of Kampung Hubah Village Chief, Bernard B. Jominol, Native Chief Marcus Johnioh and Vice President of Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS), Freddy Ekol.

His uncle, Datuk Jintol Mogunting, was Penampang District Chief from 1976 until 2002. He is expected to assume his office as Penampang District Chief next month.


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