Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has told Sabah Pakatan Harapan to give up its dreams of winning seats in Sabah, especially with the decision to name Dr Mahathir Mohamad interim prime minister if it were to win the general election.
PBS acting Youth chief Christopher Mandut said the majority of Sabahans, regardless of political leaning, were not keen on having Mahathir as the prime minister again.
“Mahathir did nothing for Sabah apart from taking our rights away when he was the country’s prime minister for 22 years. Under his rule, Sabah became one of the poorest states in the federation.
“When PBS leaders tried to fight for Sabah’s rights, their efforts were stopped by arresting them under the Internal Security Act (ISA),” he told FMT.
Mandut was commenting on reports that Mahathir and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail would be named as interim prime minister and deputy prime minister if PH wins the next general election.
He said Mahathirism was by far the worst thing that had happened, and could ever happen to Sabah and Sarawak, again.
The Kota Marudu Youth chief was also baffled by PH’s decision, which, he said, was so out of touch with the feelings and sentiments of the people in the Bornean states.
“Perhaps their leaders here in Sabah and Sarawak failed to tell them. Or worse, they are not aware of past history, as well as what is happening on the ground.
“So, if they don’t know the feelings of the voters, how can they say they will fight for us and all that? They don’t even know what voters here want,” he said.
Mandut rejected the opposition’s argument that anybody could change, even Mahathir.
Such talk, he said did not hold water because even when Mahathir was in Umno, it was evident that he was only interested in his own personal gain.
“He used all sorts of excuses to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak because he wanted his own men in Najib’s place. He thought he was bigger than BN and could dictate others to do his bidding.
“His disagreement with Najib was personal but he dragged others into it. He will never be satisfied and would even be willing to destroy what he had built just as long as his ambition is fulfilled. Sabahans should know, we felt it first hand,” he said.
On the other hand, he said, Najib had been giving his personal attention to Sabah and Sarawak.
He said under the current administration, the Bornean states had seen rapid development although there was still “too much catching up to do” after two decades of being ignored and used only as a cash cow by Mahathir.
“At the same time, we are also lucky to have Chief Minister Musa Aman at the state’s helm. Not only is he able to unite the people, he has also successfully managed the state’s economy.
“If Mahathir were to again come to power, all that we have built in the last 14 years, the stable economy, the united people, will probably crash,” he warned.
Nevertheless, Mandut said the proposal to make Mahathir the PH’s interim prime minister was actually good news for Sabah BN.
All it takes for the opposition to lose in the coming election, he said, was to let Mahathir speak on their behalf in Sabah.-FMT