PANTAI Manis assemblyman Datuk Rahim Ismail yesterday described the ‘Sabah dan Sarawak Keluar Malaysia’ (SSKM) players as the country’s traitors.
“Malaysia is a country that practises democracy and hence, is able to tolerate harsh criticisms, but in the SSKM issue, we cannot take lightly the actions of the SSKM members because they affect the harmony and fate of 3.5 million Malaysians in Sabah that comprise of 30 ethnic races,” he said.
He said SSKM members deliberately wanted to raise anti-federal sentiments among Malaysians in Sabah, particularly among the young people in the rural areas.
“This is very dangerous because the young generation should be educated and empowered with knowledge that is useful and can help them become citizens who will lead the country in the future,” he said.
Rahim said some of the members of SSKM comprised of leaders who had failed to garner support during the 12th and 13th general elections.
“They have also recruited and sponsored Doris Jones, a woman believed to be a Malaysian and a Sabahan residing in the United Kingdom to wage war in the social media concerning SSKM,” he said.
Rahim described the actions of Doris Jones as biased as she did not represent the thoughts of the majority of Malaysians living in Sabah on the issue of SSKM.
He reminded that members of SSKM probably wanted to follow the footsteps of other separatist groups in other countries, including Referendum Scotland which had yet to successfully divorce itself from the United Kingdom.
“But Referendum Scotland cannot be likened to SSKM,” he said.
“It is clear that members of SSKM are dishonest and only wanted to create discord and disunity among the people in Sabah by using the anti-West Malaysia sentiment, although they know their actions are not realistic and are considered treason to the country.
“Let us move forward and by all means, we cannot gamble our future with something we know nothing at all,” he said.