Don't import extremist racial and religious politics into Sabah
KOTA KINABALU, May 20, 2011: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy
President Haji Amde Sidek is worried that race and religion have been
made used to stir up people sentiment from time and time again by
"This is very disturbing political trend in the country," he said.
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"We in SAPP must say it loud and clear; we totally disagree and abhor
with the way of new trend of politicking taking shape in the country
and must not be imported to Sabah.
"Malaysians in Sabah don’t find it amusing being not used to it,
brandishing hatred of others’ races and religions.
"We taught our young at school to behave and treat each other equally
and with respect but out side school compound our leaders were
scaremongering with all sorts of slogan even lifting kris in the air to
show how mighty they were.
"On the issue of race superiority, take for example, our Deputy Prime
Minister who said, his is Malay first, Malaysian comes second, and how
do we reconcile this with the promotion of 1 Malaysia?
"The motives of using race and religion as political bashing are non
other than to score political mileage to attract followers on one side,
whilst destroying the long established harmonious culture on the other.
"Constitutionally all citizens are guaranteed of their right of
religious freedom in this country, why are we restraining them from
practicing their right?
"Race has never been a problem in Sabah, we never quarrel about it,
neither we quarrel over religion, no exhuming dead body.
Ibrahim Ali is talking about jihad-crusade against other religion,
which is very offensive in nature. Why is the government taking it
lightly? The Utusan Malaysia is continuingly harping to create racial
and religious tension by publishing something, which was untrue such as
Christian, is plotting to take over Islam.
Publishers and printing presses in the past were penalised for behaving
in the manner they did today. Their licenses revoked, editors and
writers were made to resign. Is this not a double standard treatment?
Sabah people are among the most harmonious society in Malaysia, no
history of aggressiveness. No experience in racial conflict. For
example, we only knew there was a 13th May incident in Peninsular after
it was already over. No single communist in Sabah found even during
emergency era. That’s the proof.
In Sabah today, especially in urban areas it’s difficult to find a
family in a house that make up only by one race. I can quote from my
own experience there are sisters and brothers who are Muslim while the
mother or father are Christian or other religions. Or among the
brothers and sisters they’re practising different religions yet still
living under one roof. Do you expect them to hate each other?
"Ibrahim Ali is talking about crusade –jihad against Christians, even
the most idiotic man wouldn’t do it let alone the normal one. It's
really is seen that desperate fight resorts to desperate behaviour! He
should talk more about corruption, injustices, abuse of power so on and
"UMNO leaders are the least concerned about Ibrahim Ali's rhetoric,
they keep quiet because PERKASA is doing the job for them.
"Sabah doesn’t need a politician like Ibrahim Ali. Wonder also how and
what do the Sabah leaders in BN component parties think about this