Friday, September 19, 2008


BN to blame for SAPP pullout, say Mojigoh


Barisan Nasional (BN) should have made efforts to mend the damage within the Coalition instead of choosing to ignore the problem resulting in Sabah Progressive Party’s (SAPP) pullout, said United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organization (UPKO) Vice President Datuk Marcus Mojigoh. He said its action or lack of it made it look like BN does not care about its family and instead, chose to defend its weaknesses. The Putatan Member of Parliament said that no one but BN is to blame for SAPP’s withdrawal and its two MPs to ditch the Coalition. “SAPP’s stand to support Pakatan Rakyat is their own stand but I had doubt that its two MPs would be willing to ditch BN. “Now that they did, then I blame the BN leadership for their failure to mend the hole in the ‘boat’ so that it stops sinking. What worries me now is that cracks are emerging in the vessel, therefore the captain must repair those as well,” he said before leaving for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Mojigoh said the cracks in the boat’s compartments are seen to be very serious because the other occupants in the vessel are-purposely making it worse and the captain is not doing enough to repair the leaks and cracks. “But whatever happens BN is still strong despite SAPP’s departure and we are still very much in control of the Government,” he added. On de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s resignation from the Federal Cabinet, Mojigoh said Zaid must be commended for making the decision. “I give my highest salute to him and I urge the BN leaders not to abuse ISA,” he said, adding that from the feedback, he has heard people are generally saying that the person who did the ‘kicking’ went scot-free whereas the one who saw the offence being committed and reported it was handcuffed and thrown into lock-up under ISA under the pretext of protecting her from attack by a particular community. Mojigoh said the excuse of protecting the journalist was unacceptable, and Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has made a blunder of the whole thing. “He (Syed Hamid) is our friend but friendship aside, when you make silly blunders, you have no choice but to go,” he said. “How do we expect to defend them (the Government) when they themselves are making a mockery of themselves, so don’t expect the backbenchers to support the wrong. I don’t see those who were arrested are a threat to the nation, therefore there was no reason to use ISA on them,” he said.

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