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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Change the shirt

COMMENT By Phlip Rodrigues

After nearly 50 years in Malaysia, Sabah is not a story that has a happy ring to it. It is still a backward state; in fact, it remains one of the poorest in the country. The gulf that separates the “land below the wind” from the peninsula is as wide and deep as the South China Sea.

Let's take a walk down history lane. In the early years, politics over there had a laid-back quality. After the northern Bornean state joined Malaysia in 1963, Sabah was ruled by a succession of parties -- the United National Kadazan Organisation (1963-64); the Sabah Chinese Association (1965-67); United Sabah National Organisation (1967-75), which continued to hold power until 1976; and the shortlived reign of Berjaya (44 days). Then a new leader named Datuk Harris Salleh helmed Berjaya and went on to govern the state from 1976 to 1985.

It was during Harris' watch that politics took a turbulent turn and Sabah was never the same again. Harris grew increasingly autocratic and arrogant and thought the sky would not fall on him. But one man in his ruling party had had enough of his antics. The rebel: Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.



  1. But Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun says that all is okay and even the KDMs are not sidelined. However Datuk Herbert Timbon Lagadan said that a KDM would never be Chief Minister ever again. And today Datuk Johny Mositun stated that the Sabah DAP is out to create ethnic discontent in Sabah by saying that a KDM will be CM again. So going by what these three men said, everything must be okay in Sabah.

  2. Didn't Pairin, Dompok and the rest of the PBS flers say during the 1990 elections when they left BN for Gagasan Rakyat to ikat perut with them for the good of Sabah. These while they were languishing as the STate Government of Sabah with the State Coffer at their discretion. And thereafter in 1994 Dompok and some left for BN for the Rakyat and Pairin sometime in 2002 apologised and cried at Mahathir's forgiveness and joined BN again for the Rakyat? Why do we allow these people to keep on fooling us? Woe are the Sabahans!