Noor: "Winds of change" for Sabah
Apr 9, 2010: The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) claims to be confident of
defeating the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the next general elections based on
growing "winds of change" among the people.
Former State Finance Minister Datuk Mohd Noor Mansor said the general
feeling is similar to when Berjaya defeated Usno in 1976.
"In 1976, Usno under the leadership of Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun was
considered very strong and impossible to defeat.
"But the people back then wished for change and when the election was
held, Berjaya formed the government," he said when officiating at a new
SAPP branch at Kg Koidupan.
"SAPP is the only multi-racial party in Sabah that really fought for the
Mohd Noor said Sabah BN leaders had lost their autonomy to make decisions
without referring or interference from Kuala Lumpur.
"The Chief Minister is chosen by Kuala Lumpur, election candidates are
also picked by Kuala Lumpur...I am afraid that one day, even the position
of village chief will be decided by Kuala Lumpur," he said.
He also said most positions in Federal departments and agencies in Sabah
are monopolised by non-Sabahans while in Labuan, even the post of clerks
are given to Peninsular Malaysians.
When the Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963, he said the agreement
clearly spelled out that Sabahans were to head Sabah Federal departments
Sadly, he said Kuala Lumpur never respected the content of the agreement
adding that even minor contracts such as grasscutting in Labuan were also
given to contractors from Kuala Lumpur.