Don't talk about PBS, it now is a different species.
SAPP is a Sabah based party. And there is a local vacuum in sabah politics for a couple of years. For the time being, Sabah doesn't have killer local (Sabah-based) political parties not only as oppositions, but as BN backbenchers. Of course there are many smaller players beneath BN - an umbrella that serves as life support system – but to be honest, sabahans do not expect much from them. Without the generous umbrella, they had died long ago. Except for the repented PBS, these parties aren't major players for sure. But I will not talk about PBS here, it is but a different species by now.
Improved TEXT, 16 Dec 2008
So in this sense, SAPP may become a major player in Sabah politics in near future. But for non sabahans - please, do not misunderstood with this local-party-outside-party sentiment. It does not mean that Sabahans are anti peninsular parties. Rather, it is a natural thing that like the rest of Malaysians, we tend to be more comfortable our own kind. Umno Sabah knows this very well. It may not as what it is today if not because of USNO. Back then it was either UMNO or USNO in Sabah politics and none of them were willing to gamble to exist side by side. USNO had given its life in order for Umno Sabah to stay alive – this is a romantic politics that deserved to be remembered for generations to come.
SAPP becoming threat to PKR? Tenom (Daily Express): Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is concerned over the possibility of its leaders here ditching the party to join the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
In response, Vice-President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan appealed to the party members here that both PKR and the SAPP - which has pulled out of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition - have a similar mission and vision.
Rumours of disunity among State PKR leaders are said to be behind the leaders and members in Tenom wanting to leave.
It was reported that SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee is due to officiate at a ceremony to welcome the PKR members at a hotel here.
However, Jeffrey said the "splinters" must think of the foundation of their struggle for the people over the long term.
But in order to become a major player, Sabahans need Parti Maju Sabah, Not SAPP.
If further explanation is necessary, the different between the two is all about image projection in Sabahan mental plane. SAPP just can't go. It’s but a small party. It has thick chinese image at present. Yong's past as Chief Minister wasn't so compelling either. SAPP is in dire needs for some facelift, including a new name. Portrayal of multiracial image by injecting more new bumi faces is also necessary.
By no means is that PKR incompetent. Only, PKR may realize by now that it’s not easy to become truly significant in Sabah politics. Do compare PKR with UMNO; majority of Sabahans are more comfortable with the latter. Sabahans are just unable to distinguish between the two, in many ways. In the eyes of many, PKR is Umno but with no money and especially popping up at election time. Both of them are peninsula-based, but Umno root lie deeper beneath Sabah's soil. Many still think that Umno Sabah IS USNO. Rest assure that privileges of this kind doesn't exist in PKR Sabah.
Blame mainstream media, or insufficient effort in opposition part, etc., etc.,; for the long lasting distortion of perception. But many Sabahans still view that Anwar is an ex-UMNO guy, and his political struggle by far is all about personal effort to clean up his very own name. Some still strangely believe that Anwar may return to Umno fold one day, sorry to say.
There is also problem with PKR sabah leaders including Jeffrey and Ansari. Jeffrey likely attitude problem, he is having difficulty to settle down in one place. He hops around from a party to another, and for how long he will stay in PKR, only God knows. And Harvard or no Harvard - if someone persists to loook deeper into the political tunnel, PBS dacing is ever ready for Jeffrey. That is, as some Sabahan can't help to think that he is Pairin's brothers. By saying this, according to them, the utmost loyalty still and always goes back none other than to PBS at the end.
Ansari, another PKR top official is in a more difficult situation. His image is hard to sell outside PKR circle. Ask around in any towns including in Tuaran, and the answer is they can't think any compelling traits associated with him. Ask for more, to compare Ansari and Musa Aman without those privileges as Chief Minister, and it isn't shocking at all that many prefer Musa!
On the other hand, Sabahans are bit open in deciding upon whom to become Chief Minister. It isn't so hard for Sabahans to accept a chinese Chief Minister. The first was David Lo, and not long ago Yong Teck Lee himself, and Chong Kah Kiat. And as long as Sabahan chinese mentality are still the same, I say, the opennes bit too, will stays.
Sabah boleh maaaa ….
jUNAIDI - salam singgah |2009-02-22 02:36:13
saat perjalanan adalah pencarian diri, moga sentiasa... saat perjalanan adalah pencarian diri, moga sentiasa dlm redhaNya. Telah bersabda Rasullullah S.A.W: Tiga kelompok manusia yang akan dijabat tangannya oleh para malaikat pada hari mereka keluar dari kuburnya:-
1. Orang-orang yang mati syahid.
2. Orang-orang yang mengerjakan solat malam dalam bulan ramadhan.
3. Orang berpuasa di hari Arafah.
Sekian untuk ingatan kita bersama.
Kalau rajin.. Tolong sebarkan kisah ini kepada saudara Islam yang lain. Ilmu yang bermanfaat ialah salah satu amal yang berkekalan bagi orang yang mengajarnya meskipun dia sudah mati.
Tuan CObra - Parti Maju Sabah is not SAPP? |2009-04-10 23:43:05
Yah i agree with you about SAPP also not same with PBS...Datuk Botak Yong have to know about that. He was once a founder of PBS 1985, He must realise that his old fenomena cant be the same as now...After all SAPP is not Multiracial Party like PBS or Like BERJAYA that time.Hopefuly he will stop using an Obsolete way and will adopt new or modern method.....