KDM groups: DAP taking community for granted
Published on: Saturday, June 08, 2019
By: Mail Mathew

Tenom: Two KDM organisations accused the Sabah DAP of not respecting the indigenous people of Sabah but merely using them for election purposes as seen in the appointment of a Penang-born Chinese for the Nominated Assemblyman post recently.

Angkatan Perpaduan Sabah (APS) Vice President, Paul Kadau (pic) said Sabah Democratic Action Party cannot claim to be lacking in KadazanDusun-Muruts candidates for the post. 

They could have chosen KDM leaders like  former candidate Peter Saili who contested the Bingkor state seat but lost in the 14th General Election instead of its Treasurer, Loh Ee Eng.

He said Saili, who is also Sabah DAP Vice Chairman, is not only more than qualified for the Nominated Assemblyman post but also understands native customary rights and can voice out the interests of especially the indigenous community.

Kadau said Sabah DAP did not consider the sensitivity of the indigenous people and respect the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) by choosing someone who is not a Sabah-born.

Loh together with his parents and younger brother came to Sabah in early 1990s to work and do business and this does not mean he is qualified to talk on behalf of genuine Sabahans in the Assembly, he said. 

Pertubuhan Mamagun Sabah (Mamagun) Deputy President, Dzulkifli Sinting also said DAP clearly did not respect the KDMs in the party but only using them as a tool.

“There was an opportunity to appoint a KDM representing the interior Keningau as a Nominated Assemblyman but looks like DAP prefers an outsider for the post. 

“DAP need to take into account that Sabah is not like other states in Malaya. Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya area equal partners of equal standing, rights and special privileges as agreed upon and enshrined in the MA63. Sabah is not the same as Penang, Kedah or Malacca,” he said. 

He said Sabah DAP has clearly side-ined the indigenous people and opened the door for other parties under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) to bring in members from peninsula to be co-opted into the State Legislative Assembly in future. 


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