LDP makes peace with Sabah CM, boosting BN chances


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010

SANDAKAN: The Liberal Democratic Party buried the hatchet with Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, further boosting Barisan Nasional’s chances of retaining the Baru Sapi parliament seat with a big majority.

Liberal Democratic Party president Datuk V.K.Liew softened the party stand of non-cooperation with Musa when the party honoured the Chief Minister as the guest of honour at a campaign dinner for Datin Linda Tsen Thau Lin.

“Actions speak louder then words,” Liew told reporters after Musa left the function where LDP members gave him a rousing welcome when he entered the hall.

LDP, through its deputy Datuk Chin Su Phin, had made a stand on Sept 1 claiming that that the party could no longer cooperate with the chief minister.

This sparked a row that saw LDP vice president Datuk Peter Pang, a deputy chief minister, leaving the party and remaining a Barisan independent.

“We never said that we have no confidence in the chief minister. Please correct that. My actions show that we have given our full support for Musa,” he said.

He said Musa’s programmes for Sabah, and also Sandakan, were on the right track and it was important for all to work together for the benefit of the people in the state.

The move by LDP is set to soothe ruffled feathers between Musa and Liew’s party which has about 1,500 (LDP) members voting in the Batu Sapi constituency where Barisan needs a strong boost from the Chinese to get a big win for Tsen of Parti Bersatu Sabah.

The new stance by Liew, a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, on Monday night was the first clear stand of support for Musa after the fallout in ties over the last two months.

“Our event reflects our commitment to secure a victory to our Barisan candidate in Batu Sapi. It also shows how supportive we are towards each other to achieve a common goal for Barisan," he added.

Liew said, that under the leadership of Musa, a lot of development had been seen in the district, among them addressing the severe traffic jams, establishment of the education hub and the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster.

In another development, Sabah Barisan Wanita chief Senator Datuk Armani Mahiruddin clarified that the RM20 distributed on Sunday night was for transportation cost for its Barisan workers.

In clarifying a report on Malaysiakini anf a video clip on YouTube that claimed two Wanita Umno women were seen distributing money, she said that the money was for party workers and not intended to pay voters in Batu Sapi.

Based on Section 15 of the Election Offences Act 1954, it allows allocation of expenses to be given to election machinery, she said, adding that the new portal article was defamatory.

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