So, nothing happened during Anwar Ibrahim's visit to Sabah yesterday. Rumors about some State politicians, including a few Member of Parliament would jump over to Pakatan Rakyat, turned out to be part of the Opposition's rotten propaganda.
The big names whom PR rumormongers have claimed as 'almost certain' to shift to the Opposition were nowhere near Anwar or at the airport around 1.40pm to greet him.
So, where were Tuaran MP and UPKO (United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation) deputy president Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing and Beaufort MP and Umno supreme
council member Lajim Ukin who is said to be growing
increasingly disenchanted with his party leadership?
I came to know about the rumors from some tweets on Friday and Saturday. The Malaysian Insider also carried a story that talk of
the possible crossovers was rife with former Sabah chief minister Datuk
Yong Teck Lee openly naming four individuals who may announce their PKR
memberships during Anwar's visit.
“Just name them lah — Osu (the ex-CM), Sen. Maijol (UPKO), Amir Kahar
(the son) and Kasitah (ex-minister). Will it happen?” he posted in
reply to journalist Philip Golingai (@PhilipGolingai).
Yong, who leads local opposition party Sabah Progressive Party
(SAPP), was responding to an earlier tweet from Golingai claiming that
'a former Sabah chief minister, a senator, a son of Tun Mustapha, an ex
federal minister are on the list of mass political conversion'.
The four individuals named by Yong were former Sabah chief minister Osu Sukam, UPKO vice-president Senator Maijol Mahap,
former Banggi assemblyman Amir Kahar Mustapha and former federal
minister Kasitah Gaddam.
I am not sure what prompted Golingai to come up with such a 'story' and what actually excite him but I am dead sure that the Opposition has a 'big bad' agenda for Sabahans. After failing to takeover Sarawak in the State election, Sabah is obviously a good target, especially with the number of many political flops there.
We know who these people are. However, it will not be a loss to Barisan Nasional. If the electorates have rejected them for their 'crimes', their crossover is of no significant to the Opposition too. Unless PR is in dire need of such politicians to run Sabah!
However, not to undermine the Opposition, let's wait for the result of Anwar's visit to the State. Crossover or not, Sabah politic is also too delicate to handle!