PITAS: The use of ‘Ini Kalilah’ slogan by other opposition political parties will help State Reform Party (STAR) to gain more support in Sabah, said the paty’s deputy information chief Maklin Masiau.
He said the slogan has been used by Sabahans for a long time but STAR is the only political party which has commercialized it.
“In December 2010, a group of supporters of United Borneo Front (UBF) from Pitas agreed on the slogan for the struggle of Borneo Agenda, and in January 2011, UBF Pitas printed a sticker with ‘Ini Kalilah’ written on it.
“We sold the stickers at the first Borneo Tea Party (BTP) in Pitas on February 2011, and the slogan was used in every BTP event throughout the State,” he said.
Masiau added that the slogan was further popularized by many people after the ‘Ini Kalilah’ album was launched through Borneo Heritage Foundation (BHF) in April 2012.
He said Sabah STAR has planned to market the slogan systematically, and the party even has many printed and recording evidence that the slogan was used in all STAR official events.
“The public know that other opposition parties have their own slogans such as ‘Reformasi’, ‘Lawan Tetap Lawan’, ‘Just Change’, and the latest are ‘Ubah’ and ‘Tukar’. So it is surprising why these people are still using the ‘Ini Kalilah’ slogan.
“STAR does not have legal rights to prevent individuals or other parties to use the ‘Ini Kalilah’ slogan but in terms of marketing exclusiveness, STAR was the one who started it,” he added.
Masiau stressed that political parties using the ‘Ini Kalilah’ slogan is referring to STAR, and using the slogan will improve the support of the people towards the party, especially in Sabah.