Malaysiakini YOURSAY | The frogs have jumped in vain in Sabah…


YOURSAY | ‘Bury for good those who try to steal the govt and deny you the choice you made in GE14.’

Shafie: Fresh polls within 60 days, voters can decide between Musa and me

Ferdtan: Dissolving the Sabah state assembly and making way for fresh polls is a sign of respecting the people’s mandate by going again to the people.

The crossing-over of elected representatives is disgusting and that has been the behaviour of Umno, which grabs power via the backdoor through bribes and positions.

Bersatu, which is presently leading the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, has followed the same modus operandi used by Umno – this is not surprising as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was from Umno.

Despite that, the Warisan government has fallen via defections and a snap poll is to take place, one thing that is most gratifying is to lay eyes on the defectors, the ‘frogs’ who have jumped in vain.

Why? Because they are not going to be allegedly paid the millions they were promised to betray the state government. On top of that, they would not be chosen as candidates as no one wants a traitor.

So frogs, eat your hearts out. You got nothing and those who stayed would be rewarded with a win in the election due to the expected backlash.

Meanwhile, let’s not give all praises to Sabah caretaker chief minister (CM) Shafie Apdal who called for a snap election. All credit should instead go to Sabah Governor Juhar Mahiruddin.

What Shafie did was not unexpected. The mere fact that the governor, or Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT), accepted the advice from the CM to dissolve the assembly means that His Excellency respected the constitution.

As happened before, this may not have been the outcome. He could have easily refused the advice, as that is certainly not unprecedented. Remember a previous “advice” from a member of royalty that he would not dissolve the assembly if there is a change in his state government?

So it is the Sabah governor who is the hero here. Thank you, TYT for bringing faith back to Malaysians. Fairness and impartiality in the name of democracy still remain, though rare.

Fair Play: Yes, kudos to the Sabah governor. He did the right thing, and in accordance with the constitution.

He listened to the advice of the incumbent CM (Shafie) and agreed to dissolve the state assembly instead of accepting former CM Musa Aman’s statutory declarations (SDs) claiming he had a simple majority as the basis to form a new state government.

The governor’s decision, perhaps, would send a clear signal, in no uncertain terms, to career politicians that party-hopping cannot and will not be encouraged – at least in Sabah. It is important that Peninsular politicians take note of this. A precedent has been established, no less in Sabah.

Would the frogs be punished in the snap election? I hope so – to send a clear signal to unscrupulous politicians that frog jumping is not a lucrative vocation once elected into office.

Seriously: Sabahans, please rise up and retire these frogs. Bury for good those who try to steal the government and deny you the choice you made in the last election.

We are sick and tired of these leaders who have no regard for the sacred mandate given to them.

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