PETALING JAYA: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (pic) has warned DAP and its adviser Lim Kit Siang against promoting "political extremism" in Sabah.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of national unity accused the DAP veteran politician of trying to pollute Sabahan hearts and minds with political hatred.
This was in response to Lim's recent visit to Pensiangan, which is Kurup's parliamentary constituency, where he had allegedly tried to stir up sentiments on the purported silence of Barisan Nasional component parties against Umno and PAS' cooperation on the amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, known as RUU355.
"It seems that there is no limit on how low politicians like Lim Kit Siang is willing to go as long as his goal of expanding DAP influence in Sabah is achieved, even if that means promoting political extremism in the serene and peaceful land of Pensiangan.
"For the record, I wish to remind Lim that the Sabahan people may be innocent and kind hearted, but never shall we abandon our core principles of rejecting all sorts of political and religious extremism from any party, especially political party from Peninsular like DAP that has never been a positive factor in the political demographic in Sabah," Kurup said in a statement on Saturday.
In a blog post published last week, Lim had proposed the Pensiangan formula to address Umno's support for the Private Member's Bill on RUU355 brought by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, had also accused Kurup of failing in his ministerial duty because of the alleged threat Hadi's Bill posed to racial and religious unity and the Malaysia Agreement with Sabah and Sarawak.
However, Kurup hit back by challenging DAP and Lim to point out the party's contribution to the people of Sabah and Pensiangan in the last few decades.
"Never mind the previous well documented record of Lim contesting in different states from one general election to another.
"Perhaps he can start by listing down what he has done for the voters in Gelang Patah who elected him as the MP in the last general election since he is such a good judge of other MPs' service record," said Kurup.
He also reminded Lim that it was DAP which chose to previously work with PAS and Abdul Hadi, asking him to direct his dissatisfaction with the Bill to the PAS president himself and not Barisan component parties.
"While Lim passionately shouts about the impact of RUU355, does he still remember that it is PAS, DAP's former partner, that initiated the RUU355."If Lim has any problem about that piece of legislation, he should know which number to call to register his complaint," he added.
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