Friday, September 24

DAP has no rights to stop Bersatu from coming to Sabah – ex-Umno leader

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Abdul Hakim

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah DAP has no rights to prevent Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) from spreading its wings to Sabah.

Former Silam Umno Division chief Haji Abdul Hakim Bin Hj Gulam Hassan said this is a democratic country, thus all political parties can freely set up their respective branches anywhere they want to.

“If Peninsula-based parties like Democratic Action Party (DAP), Part Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Amanah and Umno can and have expanded their wings to Sabah, then there is no reason why Bersatu cannot do the same.

“Sabah DAP which supported the Parti Warisan Sabah’s (Warisan) stand for Bersatu not to spread its wings to the State is clearly practising immature politics and going against the democratic system,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Abdul Hakim was commenting on Sabah DAP chairman Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, who supported the stand by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal that Bersatu should not come to Sabah.

Abdul Hakim, who together with the party’s formerly elected representatives and leaders, led by former Sabah Umno Liaison Chairman Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor, has quit Sabah Umno, also questioned the Sabah DAP’s motive for going against Bersatu’s wish to come to Sabah.

“Where is the logic in that, DAP which is based in peninsula but could come to Sabah while at the same time it is against Bersatu coming to Sabah?

“If Bersatu is not allowed to come to Sabah, then all the other peninsula-based parties should also do the same, just go back to peninsula.

“What kind of a political system is practised by DAP? What is it that Sabah DAP is worried about Bersatu coming to Sabah?” he questioned.

According to Abdul Hakim, the people of Sabah should be given the freedom and rights to choose which political parties they want to join and support.