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Friday, August 14, 2009

Consult with BN components, Native Affairs Council told

PENAMPANG: The Sabah Native Affairs Council was Thursday urged to consult with the State Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in the constituency concerned before announcing the appointment of customary leaders, especially the position of District Chief.

Moyog PBS chief, John Masabal, said the “appointment” of Penampang new District Chief, Sylvester Disimon, was not discussed among the components here.

“I was made to understand that the appointment of Sylvester was only presented through the Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS), of which Sylvester is the Deputy President.

“This is not in line with the normal practice of appointment presented via the elected representative (of the constituency),” he said.

The KSS, he said, is only an organization and, thus, the reason why BN component parties in Penampang is unhappy with Sylvester’s appointment.

John, who is also Special Officer to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili, was commenting on the controversy involving Sylvester and OKK Christopher Mojungkim who insisted he is still the rightful Penampang District (Chief).

He said a District Chief should be picked among those who have experience handling customary affairs in the respective locality.

He said there are many Native Chiefs (KAN) or Native Chief Representatives (WKAN) in Penampang who have been doing good job for decades.

These people, he said, should be given the opportunity to be promoted as District Chief.

Adapted from Daily Express Friday, 14th August, 2009

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