PUTRAJAYA: PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili has warned political frogs that they will be duly “punished” by the KadazanDusunMurut (KDM) community in Sabah.
He said the state has had a long history of politicians crossing over to the opposing side when it suits their needs, and Sabahans, particularly the KDMs have always given the appropriate response.
Taking the example of the 1999 state election, Maximus said voters booted out several prominent politicians for having defected to Barisan Nasional from the-then opposition PBS in the 1994 state polls.
“By and large, (it is the) ethics of the KDM people. They don't like party hoppers, don't like people without principles.
“In 99 we had the state elections for the first time after the (1994) hopping. Except for (Datuk Seri) Lajim (Ukin), (Datuk Seri) Wilfred (Bumburing) and (Tan Sri Bernard) Dompok, became victims (of an unhappy electorate).
“He (Dompok) was Chief Minister, and Bumburing was a deputy Chief Minister... that's how Sabah people mete out punishment to people without principles,” he said after signing a memorandum of understanding on science and technology cooperation between Malaysia and Mozambique here, Thursday.
PBS lost its grip on Sabah in 1994 after a nine-year rule, following a spate of defections to Barisan post-elections.
Among the prominent defectors then were Bernard and Wilfred, who went on to form Upko, and Lajim, who joined Umno.
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