Published on: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
TANJUNG ARU: Putatan MP Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh described the call for Upko to give up its Putatan parliamentary seat to Umno as coming from an "ambitious individual exercising his democratic right."
However, he said while people in the country are free to say anything they like, they should be mindful of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's advice that it must not hurt others.
"That is what the Prime Minister had been advising all this time," he said when asked to comment on the latest demand by Putatan Umno in view of the 13th General Election.
Mojigoh who is also United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Treasurer-General reiterated that if Putatan Umno thinks they have a winnable candidate they can have the seat.
"I'll just go back to my office and back to my family who I have not been able to spend time with for so many years. Until then I will carry out my duties as an MP and work to assist the people in my constituency."
Making the demand on Monday, Putatan Umno Deputy Chief, Arsit Sedi also issued an ultimatum to its division leader (Datuk Yahya Hussein) to urge the leadership to let Umno contest the seat.
Similar calls had been made in the past and each time Mojigoh responded by playing it down and saying that it was their right to do so.
Met after his Chinese New Year greeting walkabout here, Tuesday, Mojigoh said: "We don't want this to be jeorpardised by an individual.
Under the BN, we believe in power sharing especially in the multi-racial country such as Malaysia.
"We want to show that Malaysia is the most peaceful country in the region," he said, adding for this to continue, the BN must not be disunited," he said.
At the same time, Mojigoh said he was happy with the warm response from constituents and business proprietors in Sembulan and here when he met them to hand over Chinese New Year greeting cards.
Meanwhile Gerakan Sabah Chief, Datuk Gordon Leong who also led his team to present the party's Chinese New Year's greeting cards together with Mojigoh said Gerakan always believe it is the prerogative of the Prime Minister upon recommendation from the Sabah BN chief of the winnable candidates for the respective constituency.
"We always leave it for discussions behind closed doors.
What is more important is to always go to the ground and meet the people to feel them and listen to what they want.
"Like what our Chief Minister encourage us to do," he said.
Leong said Gerakan Sabah was pleased to be able to do the Chinese New Year greeting walkabout "with our comrades from Upko."
Prior to this, Gerakan Sabah had also conducted the walkabout together with the Kota Kinabalu Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings.
"Sabah is unique because of the many races who are able to live together harmoniously in the true spirit of 1Malaysia and enjoy each other diverse cultures and festivals which makes diversity an asset to Sabah," he said.
"We would like to wish the people a happy, blessed and prosperous Chinese New Year," he said.
Also presence at the walkabout was senior leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Tanjung Aru division.