24th July, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: PBS secretary general, Datuk Henrynus Amin, has derided Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan’s misplaced criticism of the Huguon Siou’s unwavering support for Barisan Nasional.
He said the support reflects the party’s confidence in the leadership and policies of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.
Henrynus said PBS – led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan who is also a Deputy Chief Minister – is certainly not amused by Dr Jeffrey’s latest antics criticising his own brother for heaping praises on the BN state and federal leaderships.
“What is wrong in expressing the party’s gratitude to the BN state and federal leaderships for all the good things done to benefit the people of Sabah?,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He added that any right thinking politician would give credit where credit was due and criticism when criticism was necessary depending on the situation.
He said it was utterly silly for Dr Jeffrey who is STAR Sabah chief to utter such criticism when Pairin was merely exercising his responsibility to the people of Keningau and Tambunan by giving due credit to the good deeds of the BN state and federal governments.
He said Dr Jeffrey could not ignore the fact that, on several occasions, PBS had voiced out issues close to the hearts of the people of Sabah whenever and wherever the occasion warranted it.
Henrynus also reminded Dr Jeffrey that Pairin’s words may be few, but they always carried more weight on matters of policies when they reached the ear of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister.
“Dr Jeffrey seemed to have forgotten that it was Pairin who issued the thinly veiled ultimatum to the BN leadership at his own risk as a BN senior political leader in order to resolve the issue of illegal immigrants and fraudulent ICs by 2012.”
He also said Parin did not just speak out his mind on the need for the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the illegal immigrants issue but acted by getting the BN state leadership to appoint him chairman of the BN Committee on citizenship.
“And credit must be given to the Chief Minister for his foresight and commitment to mobilise state BN support for the formation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.”
And, he added that credit must also be given to the entire state BN component political parties which managed to put their act together and for the first time every one including the opposition leaders could agree on this single issue.
“So it does not take a genius to see why Pairin was thankful to find the right partner in the person of Datuk Seri Musa, who wholeheartedly threw his support as well as Sabah UMNO’s behind the formation of the RCI,” Henryus said.
He said in sharp contrast to Dr Jeffrey, Pairin was certainly not new to the game of politics and he had showed his political acumen in his successful engagement with the BN state and federal leadership on the RCI proposal.
Further, he said, the PBS found the Prime Minister’s down-to-earth approach to politics as well as his moderate and pragmatic policies in engaging and resolving national and state issues very appealing to the people and attracting support across racial, religious and geographical lines.
He said PBS felt that the Prime Minister deserved to be given the credit for his hard work in introducing and implementing winnable policies such as the government and economic transformation programmes, 1Malaysia products, electoral reforms, repeal of the ISA laws, commitment to the formation of the RCI, not to mention generous cash hand outs to the poor and needy, which were winning the hearts and minds of ordinary men and women in the streets.
He said by criticising Pairin for giving credit to the state or federal BN leadership where credit was due, Dr Jeffery Kitingan merely reinforced public’s perception of his own weaknesses and personal limitation, or rather, his sheer ignorance of the intricacies of state and federal politics.