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Gerakan and MIC object to action of Youth wings

Published on: Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Two more national-based Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth movements have objected to the action of their Sabah BN counterparts to form their own united front.

"The struggle and demands for Sabahans should be voiced out through the Barisan Nasional Youth platform. There is no other body that is more appropriate and effective besides BN.

"There should be no duplication," said Gerakan Sabah Deputy Youth Chief, Chan Tzun Hei. He said as a multi-racial party, Gerakan Sabah Youth would support calls by any component party if it were for the benefit of all.

However, he said such idea should have been tabled and discussed together under the kindred spirit of the BN Youth.

By forming a new channel behind the back of the BN Youth, it has created an inaccurate interpretation among the public as though the Sabah BN Youth was ineffective in fighting for the rights of Sabahans, he said.

"I am sure the youth leaders representing the other component parties will have no objection and willing to assist the issues if the calls have basis and important for the State," he said here Tuesday.

Chan believed that the best platform for the BN component youth movements to fight for the people was through the BN Youth movement, which is an official channel.

Meanwhile, MIC Sabah Youth questioned the motives of the three BN Sabah component youth movements to form the united front.

Its Chief Taren Sunil Manoharan claimed that the three youth movements have ulterior motives when signing the MoU to effect the united front.

"The formation of the Sabah Youth movements combination is confusing and should not have happened because we already have the Sabah BN Youth movement where all the component parties are represented," he said.

Taren said that despite the denial by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Youth Chief Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin, the formation of the united front was also seen as disputing the credibility of the State and Federal BN leaders.

Towards this end, Taren hoped the united front would be disbanded as a sign of respect to the Sabah BN Youth movement.

On Monday, Sabah Umno Youth Assistant Secretary Mohd Bahrin Abd Karim had said that it was not necessary for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) Youth movements to set up the united front. Signing the MoU in Keningau on Saturday were PBS Youth Chief Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin, Upko Youth Chief Arthur Sen and PBRS Youth Chief Arthur Joseph Kurup.