KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah members are warned against using money politics as well as starting personal attacks against each other, especially during the party polls.
Warisan deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking said the main objective of the party's establishment was to fight for the people's rights.
"So if there are money politics, corruption or personal attacks, we must address them immediately," he said during the party's first annual general meeting and polls on Saturday (May 4).
He said whether or not talks on money politics were true, it was the party's responsibility to find out and take necessary action including bringing those involved to court.
Leiking said it was important to listen to people's voices, concerns and grouses to ensure that Warisan continue to stay relevant and grow as a leader in the state government.
"Unity is important in this party and this government," he added.
In the two-day AGM which ends Sunday (May 5), he said the Wira and Wirawati posts held by Datuk Azis Jamman and Munirah Majilis were won uncontested and they will serve for the 2019-2022 period.
"We have the selections for the branch, divisions and other posts and hope whoever stays or takes over will put their commitment and integrity to the highest level," Leiking said.
The top posts comprising the president - Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, deputy - Leiking and three vice presidents - Datuk Junz Wong, Datuk Jaujan Sambakong and Datuk Peter Anthony were also won unopposed.
Munirah in her speech reminded her comrades to remain true to the party and its struggles, and to not resort to dirty tactics such as backstabbing on any occasions.
"We have yet to reach a year of being in the government, we must always reflect on our initial objective of being a Parti Warisan member which is to help the people of Sabah and to give them a voice," said the Kota Belud MP.
She said those chosen as new leaders and those who remain as leaders must stay focused and think of the people's welfare first.
Asked whether Wirawati will keep pushing for the 30% quota for women in government posts, Munirah said she believes women should be evaluated based on merit and capabilities.
"There are many talented and strong women out there, this compulsory 30% quota for women seems to suggest that we are not strong enough," she said.
She said leaderships should not be based on gender, race or religion but on merit and on what they are capable of doing.
Azis in his speech said as the Wira chief, he encourages members to criticise the government when there is a need.
"We do not want 'yes men' as leaders, we want people who can give constructive criticism and those that can really help in the development of the party and the state government," he said.
The Sepanggar MP also urged members to continue striving for the betterment of the people and Sabah as a whole.
As for the Warisan manifesto, he said he will try hard to achieve what was promised to the youth, hopefully within these five years.
"RM100mil was promised for the development of youth, we will try to achieve this and will give time to the state government to fix the current financial situation," he said.
He also reminded all Wira and Wirawati members that being the youth in the party, they were 'in training' to becoming the future leaders of the party and government and therefore, must stay committed, focused, and united at all times
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