Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Datuk Seri Najib aware of Sabah BN leadership crisis, says LDP chief

Sabah's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) deputy president Chin Su Phin has called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to sort out Sabah's leadership woes.

Chin said although the Sabah BN is not facing any major issues, it cannot be denied that some at the grassroots level are dissatisfied with the current BN leadership in the state.

"I believe that the Prime Minister is aware of the real situation in Sabah," he said.

He suggested that changes be made to the current Sabah BN leadership and for all the coalition members to focus on regaining the confidence of the people.

Chin cautioned that if the leadership crisis in Sabah BN was not resolved, the coalition may lose seats to the opposition in the next election.

Citing the last general election as an example, he said that it was a fact that the winning margin in some of the constituencies was wafer thin.

"We cannot disregard the wishes of the people. I will not be surprised to see certain leaders criticising me for making this statement, but under the BN concept, we are allowed to raise our views and not to sweep any problem affecting the BN and the people under the carpet. As BN leaders, we must be brave and stand up for the people," he added.

Meanwhile, Chin also reproached Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam for boasting that the opposition has no chance of toppling the BN government in Sabah.

He said leaders from Peninsular Malaysia never go down to the ground to see the real situation at the grassroots level.

"They come here and simply draw a conclusion that Sabah is not facing any problems," he said.

Mohd Ali had reportedly said during a recent visit that the BN had proven its ability and that Sabah was progressing well. He inadvertently mocked Parti Bersatu Sabah in the process.

"I think this is a warning sign for the opposition. Sabah has experienced opposition rule and had overcome it. The experience serves as a good example for states in Peninsular Malaysia,” he said last week.

Touching on MCA's move to call for fresh election, Chin said: “This will enable the delegates to make known their choice of leaders to lead the party. It is sad to see the leadership tussle has worsened to the extent the party is now split into three camps ahead of its election. Being a major partner in the BN, it is only appropriate that MCA resolve its internal crises speedily."

He said MCA leaders vying for top posts need to win by a big majority or the crisis in the party would continue.

"If the MCA cannot regain the trust and confidence of the people, the party may lose their votes in the next general election and will end up with no representation in the BN government.

"As such, it is important for MCA to elect strong leaders to lead and strengthen the party because the next general election is less than three years away," he added.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday

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