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Federal and Sabah state governments should immediately launch a two-week state-wide survey headed by Veveonah Mosibin to ensure that accidents like the collapse of the suspension bridge at Kampung Gusi, Ranau causing student injuries because it was the only spot to gain internet access would not recur in Sabah

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We have not learnt from the Veveonah Mosibin Incident, where the 18-year-old lass from Pitas had to spend 24 hours on a tree-top to gain Internet connectivity to sit for an online examination, although the Youtube of her experience had so far netted 855,231 views.

Now, less than six months later, eight students between 15 and 18 years old in Kampoung Gusi in Sabah’s interior district of Ranau were badly injured when the suspension bridge which was the few spots at night in their village to gain internet access gave way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin should advise Hajiji not to violate the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice to stop politicking and to end discriminating against Opposition voters by ensuring that the RM2 million allocated for food in Penampang is given to all voters regardless of politics

The Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin  should advise the Sabah Chief Minister and Bersatu chief in Sabah, Hajiji Mohd Noor not to violate the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s advice to stop politicking and to end  discriminating against Opposition voters by ensuring that the RM2 million allocated for food in Penampang is given to all voters regardless of politics.

The Hajiji Sabah State Government should be advised not to spoil the possibility of launching a “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” approach and mindset to fight the war against the Covid-19 pandemic.

DAP Sabah State Assemblywoman for Kepayan Jannie Lasimbang has complained of discrimination by the Sabah State Government with regard to the RM2 million allocation for food for Penampang, and she had to rely on donations from local groups like the Pacos Trust and the Touching Live club to get around 200 food baskets to meet residents’ requests for help. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for a special humanitarian crisis package for Sabah now as some 29 people in Sabah may die of Covid-19 if we wait until the 2021 Budget is presented in Parliament next Friday on Nov. 6

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There is an urgent need for a special humanitarian crisis package for Sabah now as some 29 people in Sabah may die of Covid-19 if we wait until the 2021 Budget is presented in Parliament next Friday on November 6.

The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia has claimed 102 lives in Sabah in the first 28 days of October, averaging a fatality rate of 3.64 lives daily – and if we wait for another eight days until Nov. 6, we may see another 29.12 fatalities.

In contrast, eight lives were lost in the rest of Malaysia during the past four weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let all Malaysians and political parties agree that a Warisan candidate will take Batu Sapi parliamentary seat uncontested as a first step in an “all-of-government” and “whole-of society” war against the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic

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As a first step to an “all-of-government” and “whole-of-society” war against the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic to save lives and livelihoods in Malaysia , let all Malaysians and political parties reach a national consensus that a Warisan candidate would take uncontested the parliamentary seat of Batu Sapi, vacated by the death of former Minister Liew Vui Keong.

The Election Commission has announced that nomination for the Batu Sapi by-election will be on Nov. 23rd and polling on Dec. 5.

This would preserve the status quo in Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Third wave of Covid 19 pandemic serious and alarming, but we must strike a proper balance as it has not reached a stage to justify a declaration of emergency and the suspension of Parliament

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There have been calls for the Yang di Pertuan Agong to declare a state of emergency under Article 150 of the Constitution and suspend Parliament as a result of the third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic in Malaysia.

The third wave of Covid 19 pandemic in Malaysia is serious and alarming, but we must strike a proper balance as it has not reached a stage to justify a declaration of emergency and the suspension of Parliament.

Otherwise, Malaysia will have the dubious honour of having a backdoor government toppling a legitimate government after 22 months of a general election under the blanket of Covid-19 epidemic, sparking a second wave of the epidemic and exploiting the epidemic to present itself as the saviour of the nation as the top concern of all Malaysians was to focus single-mindedly on the war against Covid-19 whicbh the political leadership of the backdoor government did a lousy and atrocious job, sparking a third wave of the epidemic because of its lust for power to control the Sabah state government – and then declaring a state of emergency and suspending Parliament to consolidate its power and crumbling hold of a parliamentary majority. Read the rest of this entry »

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Perikatan Nasional Government should stop politicking and focus all its energies to channel all available resources to fight Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah

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One is reminded of the Shakespearean quote: “the lady doth protest too much” when reading the Open Letter from former Sabah Chief Minister, Musa Aman, denying that that he is responsible for the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah and Malaysia.

I will say that if anyone in Sabah is responsible for the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is none other than Musa Aman.

Musa Aman was Chief Minister of Sabah for 15 years from 2003 to 2018, but he continued the policies whereby Sabah, the richest state in Malaysia, is the poorest state in the country, both in terms of poverty of the people and infrastructure development of the state – to the extent that a schoolgirl Veveonah Mosibun from Pitas, Sabah had to spend 24 hours on a tree-top to get better Internet connection to sit for an online examination! Read the rest of this entry »

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Ministers who campaigned in Sabah general election must force Muhyiddin to have an emergency Cabinet meeting to channel all available resources to Sabah in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia

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It is a most heart-rending story in Sabah.

Patients have to wait several days to receive swab test results and then several days more to be taken into either a hospital or quarantine and light symptoms observation centre because occupancy of critical care beds in Sabah hospitals is rising as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the state.

Zainuddin Abdul Khalic from Kinarut waited five days for his test result and another two days before he and his wife were taken to a quarantine and light symptoms observation centre. Read the rest of this entry »

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Third call on Muhyiddin to convene emergency zoom Cabinet meeting to channel all available resources to fight third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah

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I am making a third call on the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to convene an emergency zoom Cabinet meeting to channel all resources to fight the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah.

If there is no response from Muhyiddin, I will next call for his resignation for gross incompetence and ineptitude of his Cabinet.

The question will also arise whether a Prime Minister or Minister who is on a 14-day home quarantine should be regarded as going on leave and should not be functioning from the four walls of his residence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call for reconsideration of the decision to impose CMCO for two weeks on Selangor, KL and Putrajaya from Wednesday

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The Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari disagreed with the decision to impose a conditional movement control order (CMCO) on the entire state as many districts are still under control with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.

From the latest data from the Selangor Covid-19 Task Force dated yesterday, out of 56 Mukim in Selangor, only one (Klang) is a red zone with 53 cases, 18 mukim are yellow zones with cases ranging from two to 32 cases, and 37 mukim are green zones without a single case of Covid-19 infection.

To impose a lock down on the 18 yellow zone mukim and 37 green zone mukim – which represent an overwhelming majority in Selangor – is definitely an over-reaction.
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It is time for Muhyiddin to fulfil his Sabah election pledge and channel all resources to fight Sabah as the hotspot state in the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia

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I am disappointed that the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyddin Yassin has not summoned an emergency zoom meeting of his Cabinet on the grave situation of the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia although he is in home quarantine until Oct. 16,

Yesterday, a specialist with the Health Ministry wrote an anonymous letter to Malaysiakini lamenting that “the many months of hard work since the first movement control order (MCO) has been taken for granted and thrown away”.

This has sparked a response from the Health Director-General Dr. Hisham Noor Abdullah, which does not detract in any way from the central message of the “specialist” to the Prime Minister, i.e. Wake up, enough talk, take action! Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on Muhyiddin to summon an emergency zoom meeting of Cabinet to channel all resources to combat the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Sabah

Who cannot be moved after reading the anonymous Open Letter to the Prime Minister by one of the Health Ministry specialists and published by Malaysiakini.

As the specialist wrote:

“The many months of hard work since the first movement control order (MCO) has been taken for granted and thrown away! We have hit a record-breaking daily case number of 691 on Oct 6. Read the rest of this entry »

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KDM makes history in Sabah in having two Deputy Chief Ministers, but is this good only for Jeffrey and Joachim or also good for the million-strong KDM communities, only time will tell

The Kadazan-Dusun-Murut (KDM) communities made history in the 2020 Sabah state general election as for the first time in the history of Sabah, they have two Deputy Chief Ministers – STAR president, Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan and PBS Vice-President Joachim Gunsalam.

But whether this is good only for Jeffrey and Joachim or also good for the million-strong KDM communities, only time will tell.

But it has not been a good start for the KDM communities.
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Sad and shocking that Sabah Chief Minister tested positive for Covid-19 – let his 26-year promise to resolve the problem of illegal immigrants and eradicate corruption in Sabah and to reduce poverty and illiteracy in Sabah to zero be the agenda of his Cabinet

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I am sad and shocked that the Sabah Chief Minister, Hajiji Mohd Noor, has been tested positive for Covid-19 to become the first head of state government in Malaysia to be infected with the disease.

His public relations secretary Effendi Mohamed Sunoh said Hajiji, 65, is now receiving treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, and his health is good and stable.

Effendi said although Hajiji is receiving treatment, he is still conducting his duties and responsibilities at the place of treatment through phone calls and video conferencing and the state government functions as usual.
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Call to Sabah nominated Assembly members to resign to give way to women deserves serious consideration

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The call by the Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO) to Sabah nominated Assembly members to resign to give way to women deserves serious consideration.

SAWO has put up an invincible case for its call, lamenting that “Today marks a dark day for women in Sabah as their status and position in the state has reached rock bottom”, expressing anger and disappointment that there are no women ministers in the new Sabah cabinet.

As the Sawo statement said:
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A Sabah state general election that will decide not only who will be the Chief Minister of Sabah, but the future of the Prime Minister of Malaysia

The voters of Sabah go to the polls today to decide not only who will be the Chief Minister of Sabah but the future of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

No Prime Minister has campaigned so hard in the Sabah state general election as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He never visited Sabah in his first six months of office as the illegitimate eighth Prime Minister of Malaysia.

But for the Sabah state general election, he visited Sabah four times, the first time before state election campaign on 29 and 30th August and thrice during election campaign from Sept. 12 to 26.
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Summary of the unprecedented 2020 Sabah state general election

The 2020 Sabah state general election is now coming to an end, and I provide a summary of a dozen reasons in the unprecedented state polls on Saturday, 26th September 2020 as to why the Warisan Plus slate of candidates should be fully supported. The dozen cases are:

1, There should not be a Sabah state general election. It as a plot gone wrong, which engineered the “frog jumping” of 13 Sabah State Assemblymen to capture and take-over the Sabah State Government and not to hold a Sabah state general election. But Shafie Apdal was one step ahead of the plotters and the political frogs – which is why there is a Sabah state general election. Sabah voters should prove that Shafie was for the second time ahead of the plotters in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur by solidly voting for Warisan Plus on Saturday to win with a two-thirds majority in Sabah State Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Muhyiddin is now a weaker Prime Minister at the end of 2020 Sabah state general election than at the beginning two weeks ago

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It has been said that a week is a long time in politics, but Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasssin has found that two weeks is a longer time in politics.

Muhyiddin is now a weaker Prime Minister at the end of the 2020 Sabah state general election than at the beginning two weeks ago.

Muhyiddin asked the people of Sabah to make the Sabah state election a turning point towards a better future for Sabah.

He did not realize how prophetic he had been, for the Sabah state general election would definitely be a turning point for him as Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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Visited Sabah political shrine of Tambunan when Anwar had his noon media conference that he has the numbers to become Prime Minister

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I was visiting the Sabah political shrine of Tambunan when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had his noon media conference that he had the numbers to become the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

I last met Anwar before I came to Sabah to compaign for Warisan Plus candidates in the Sabah state general election campaign when Anwar assured me that he was not contacting former UMNO leaders like Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi nor the PAS leadership in the attempt to regain the people’s mandate which was illegitimately robbed in the “Sheraton Move” conspiracy in February 2020 which toppled the 22-month Pakatan Harapan Government.

I have been in Sabah since Sept. 14 and have not been in contact with Anwar, and Anwar’s media conference today is as much a surprise to me as to anyone else.

A lot of political undercurrents are afoot in Malaysia, and the Sabah state general election on Saturday on Sept. 26 is only a forerunner to greater political developments at the national level.

It is no secret for instance that UMNO leaders want snap general election because they believe that with the tie-up with PAS, they are likely to regain control and even hegemony of the Federal Government as well as the premiership.

They have scant respect and regard for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister who, I am sure, is politically astute enough to know that he will be the first casualty in a snap general election as nobody would support him as Prime Minister after a snap poll.

Even in Bersatu, there are other political leaders eying the PM’s post.

But political events are changing rapidly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Just as the SOP must be observed if we are to win the war against Covid 19 pandemic, there is a SOP for building a successful Sabah and Malaysia – unity and inclusivity and not poisonous and negative politics of race and religion

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Just as the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) must be observed if we are to win the war in the Covid 19 pandemic, there is a SOP for building a successful Sabah and Malaysia – unity and inclusivity, and not the poisonous and negative politics of race and religion engendering fake news and lies to create hate and fear in our society.

In the Sabah general election, the Warisan Plus has a manifesto which provides a SOP for a New Sabah where Sabah abandon the reputation as the poorest state in the country 57 after the founding of Malaysia – worse than Kelantan, the poorest state in Peninsular Malaysia – and where the state’s rich natural resources will be used to improve the infrastructure facilities of Sabah and abolish the backwardness of the most remote areas – no need for the Veveonah Mosibins of Sabah to spend 24 hours on a treetop to gain better Internet connectivity to sit for an online exam – instead of enriching the coffers of the corrupt and the powerful and where there is unity and harmony among the various ethnic groups, languages, religions and cultures in the country.

This is why the campaign of Warisan Plus leader Shafie Apdal uses slogans of unity and inclusivity like: “In God Trust, Unite We Must” and “We are here to build a nation not a particular race or religion.” Read the rest of this entry »

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PBS may as well close shop if it is to give away Tambunan, its sacred founding place, and concede that STAR has more influence in Tambunan than PBS

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I was shocked and even somewhat angry to learn that PBS had given away Tambunan, its sacred founding place in 1985, and conceded that STAR has more influence in Tambunan than PBS in a truce agreement this afternoon arranged by the Home Minister, Hamzah Zainuddin.

I am not a member of PBS, but in 1985 and 1986, I had spoken up in Parliament and outside in support and defence of PBS, and at that time, Tambunan assumed national fame and importance as the place where ordinary voters stood up against injustice and oppression.

How can PBS give away its sacred founding place? Read the rest of this entry »

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