By : DANIEL JOHN JAMBUN
KOTA KINABALU : It disturbs us in Star when certain opposition leaders here keep on mentioning in their speeches that STAR is splittng the opposition votes and in the process help return Barisan Nasional in the coming general election.
To some of the simple-minded people this could be very misleading, but a deeper look at things, the finger would point that it is the Malaya-based political parties that are truly splitting the votes in Sabah and Sarawak as they are too greedy of wanting to wallop even the smallest number of seats in Sabah and Sarawak.
When Malaysia Federation was formed in 1963, it was an agreement that our seats, both state and parliamentary seats in our own state should be our safeguard that those representatives elected are to be Sabah and Sarawak genuine voices especially in Parliament.
But what short of safeguards Sabah and Sarawak can have if even our small number of seats are being taken and contested by parties from outside East Malaysia? It is obvious that these Sabahans reps would listen to their leaders who are from Peninsular. Just look at UMNO reps from Sabah.
We want to push away Umno from Sabah but why must these Malayan and their Sabahan proxies and stooges here insist we replace Umno with yet another Malayan political parties say Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)?
Yeah it is their democratic right but why is PKR-led Pakatan Rakyat too greedy? Isn't the about 400 state seats in the 11 states of Peninsular a huge number already for them to have a one-to-one fight with Umno?
Isn't the 165 parliamentary seats (out of 222) lumped together in the whole of Malaya good enough for PKR and PR to contest that they must contest Sabah's mere 25 and Sarawak's 31 parliamentary seats?
We Sabahans must realy ponder on this facts. Do we really want a change that is real? Or will we allow another outsider organisations to rule over us?
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