DAP’s Tony Pua has accused Sabah and Sarawak YBs (elected representatives) as being “selfish” and having “no conscience”.
Via a Facebook post uploaded to his own Facebook page on Wednesday, Tony had invited his supporters to discuss whether Pakatan Harapan should partner with UMNO to regain the government or otherwise.
One of his followers by the name of Chua Seow Siong responded by saying that he cannot tolerate Perikatan Nasional (PN), but he could not tolerate the corrupted leaders in UMNO either.
Following that, Chua asked if there are any MPs from Sabah and Sarawak who have the conscience and think of the people.
And Tony replied Chua, saying there are no MPs from Sabah and Sarawak who has a conscience and thought for the people.
“Unfortunately, no,” Tony replied.
Of late, tongues are wagging, suggesting that Tony may be blaming Sabahans and Sarawakians for PH’s failure to seize power amidst the current political instability which was caused by a group of UMNO rebels who withdrew support for Mahiaddin.
In the Peninsular, a few PH leaders have gone to the ground, telling their predominantly Chinese and Indian vote-base that Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim cannot become PM because there is no explicit support from Sabah and Sarawak’s MPs, in particular Warisan.
But Warisan President, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been consistent that his party will neither support PN nor work with UMNO.
He is among every Opposition MP who demanded that Parliament be reconvened to test Mahiaddin’s majority, and his party in a statement made it clear that they will not support Mahiaddin.
In an interview with Malaysiakini on Tuesday, Shafie Apdal also lambasted the UMNO rebels, saying that they want the Prime Ministership for themselves.
“What do they (UMNO) want? They want to quit but half of them are still in the government. They threaten to quit because they want to be in the government and they want the Prime Ministership themselves.”
Sabah had 25 MPs, prior to the death of Warisan’s Batu Sapi MP, Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
Of the remaining 24 MPs Sabah, 11 are aligned to PN.
8 MPs (7 from Warisan and 1 from UPKO) have openly opposed PN, but did not name Anwar as Prime Minister candidate either.
Only 5 MPs (3 from DAP, 2 from PKR) from the Land Below The Wind have named Anwar as PM.
In Sarawak, 22 out of the total 31 MPs are aligned to PN.
2 MPs from PSB meanwhile, are not aligned to PN and have stated their Opposition to Mahiaddin’s administration. But like Warisan and UPKO, they did not name Anwar as PM either.
The remaining 7 MPs (6 from DAP, 1 from PKR) from the Land Of Hornbills have named Anwar as PM.
A top Warisan leader who spoke to inisabahbah.com on condition of anonymity said, it is unfair for Peninsular-based politicians to accuse Sabah and Sarawak for the current turmoil, because the instability today was caused by West Malaysian politicians themselves.
“It is unfair for PH leaders to blame Sabahans and Sarawakians. Why blame us in Sabah and Sarawak when the mess was caused by West Malaysian politicians in the very first place?”
“PH’s instability was caused by PH’s own infighting for the PM’s position. When in power, they were arguing over who should be PM. Did they not have bigger national issues to solve rather than fight for the PM’s position?”
“PH is the only government in the world who bickered and fought among one another until they lost power!”
“After Langkah Sheraton happened, one by one the state governments in Johor, Perak, Kedah and Melaka fell because of crossovers. The PN politicians then moved their focus to Sabah.”
“The entire Federal Government came to Sabah with all the machinery, money and power to get ‘frogs’ to jump. Some were threatened, some were induced.”
“We were the last line of defense until the Sabah State Elections was triggered in September 2020.”
“Do you know helpless and speechless we were back then? We were administering Sabah and developing Sabah without being involved in the tussle between Mahathir and Anwar. Then suddenly we were dragged into the mess when numbers we needed!”
“Now again! This current turmoil was caused by PN’s own infighting with BN in West Malaysia. But why is PH dragging us into this mess again? Is it our responsibility to make the numbers?”
He added, it is time for West Malaysian politicians to stop treating Sabah and Sarawak as pawns in powerplays.
“It is disgusting that every time there is a deadlock, Sabah and Sarawak are expected to surrender our support to their leader of liking. If we fail to to do so, then we are suddenly at fault.”
“Do they think of us in Sabah and Sarawak as mere pawns or chess pieces or stooges for powerplays? Do they think of us Sabahans and Sarawakians as people with no dignity and no say?”
“Now DAP PH need the numbers, they expect us to hand them the numbers on a silver platter. But when DAP PH was in power as Finance Minister for example, they gave tonnes of excuses to not fulfill the promised 20% oil royalty and 50% state revenue.”
The Warisan leader was referring to DAP Secretary General and former Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng’s promise to Sabah and Sarawak which was announced in a press conference in the 2017 DAP National Leadership Retreat that held in a hotel in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Lim Guan Eng with the then Sabah DAP Chairman, late Stephen Wong and Sarawak DAP Chairman, Chong Chieng Jen in March 2017