Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Talk! Talk! Talk! No Action

It was reported by Bernama that Sabah Umno will ensure that all 25 divisions in the state will nominate only Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the post of Umno president and deputy president respectively in the party elections in September.

Sabah Umno Liaison head Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the matter had been discussed and agreed upon unanimously at the liaison meeting on Friday.

It was also in line with the decision of the Umno Supreme Council (MT) that the two top posts were not contested.

"We will ensure that there will be no nominations for the top two posts other than the prime minister for the presidency and the deputy prime minister for the deputy presidency," he told reporters after launching books published by the Borneo Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation (BBEC), here Monday.

Musa, who is also Sabah Chief Minister, was commenting on press reports recently on Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's willingness to be nominated for any top post in the party.

Tengku Razaleigh was also reported to have called for the abolition of the nomination quota for all key posts in the party.

Musa said that so far he had not heard of any division in Sabah planning to nominate Tengku Razaleigh.

Musa also welcomed the decision of the Sabah Umno information chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail not to challenge former chief minister Datuk Osu Sukam for the post of Papar Umno division head.

He said the decision demonstrated the political maturity of leaders in the division who wanted to maintain solidarity among the members.

"This is a good sign and Sabah Umno has matured and wants to avoid splits in the Umno divisions," he added.

3 months after the 2004 General Election, after the state and federal cabinets been formed, politicians are still talking nonsense, none of which are important to the people of Sabah. All they all about are those that would bring them more publicity, more fame and more lime light.

Not long after elected representatives fighting over seats in the cabinet, now they are busy with the party election. Next they will talk about more personal positions and interests.

How about the interests of the people? None. When the top few tries to control the whole division elections and nominations, ignoring democratic practices, do you expect them to do any good to the state of Sabah?

The cycle of selfish politicians has repeated over and over again.

Talk and talk and talk .... there would be no visible action.

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