Leaders unhappy over remarks

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004

KOTA KINABALU: An uneasy political relationship between Kadazandusun leaders from interior Tambunan district and semi-urban Penampang has spilled into the open over recent remarks. 

The remarks came from Moyog assemblyman Clarence Bongkos Malakun, who on Sunday asked Penampang voters not to listen to leaders from outside the district, particularly those from Tambunan. 

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), with many of its key leaders from Tambunan, described the remarks of Malakun – now in the party’s breakaway group United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) – as “politically immature and smacked of arrogance.” 

Malakun, an Upko supreme council member, said certain Tambunan leaders had been pushing politicians from Penampang to squabble. He said that at one time Tambunan leaders were respected but “the scenario has changed.” 

In a statement on Monday, PBS information chief Henrynus Amin said Malakun’s remarks were creating unnecessary tension.  

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