Better to discuss BN issues than going to press – Musa

KOTA KINABALU: The State Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership is always ready to discuss issues concerning the coalition, and it is better that we discuss the matter among each other rather than going to the press, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said.

“We can have a round table discussion on suggestions and opinions raised by all BN component parties,” he said after launching the annual state level ‘Hari Peladang, Penternak dan Nelayan 2012’ (Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day) celebration at Tamu KPD in Tanjung Lipat yesterday.

Musa, was asked to comment on the resolution by UPKO Keningau Division annual convention recently calling for the revival of the Chief Minister rotation system.

The division’s chief Datuk Justin Guka said the delegates were of the opinion that there should be a slight amendment to the system to allow the Chief Minister to serve for two terms instead of a single two-year term practised previously.

After the two terms the individual should no longer be eligible to hold office, he said.

The rotation system was introduced by then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in Sabah as a means to share power among the three main communities in the state, namely the Muslim Bumiputeras, the Christian Bumiputeras and Chinese.

It was introduced when the ruling coalition party, BN, formed the state government despite losing in the 1994 state election.

This occurred due to defections by elected representatives of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), who won the election.

And after a decade, the rotation system was finally scrapped in Mar 2004.

The then prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi surprised many by announcing the end of the rotation, saying all leaders of BN component parties in Sabah had put down in writing their desire to end the system.

Musa, who had another one year tenure under the system, continued as the state’s chief executive by virtue of his position as head of Sabah Umno, the dominant partner in Sabah BN.

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