It is obvious now that there is a growing fear by the Sabah government of anyone that they consider a political threat to their survival. Even the sight of MCLM President Haris Ibrahim at the Kota Kinabalu airport has send shivers in the spin of the Sabah leadership when he was denied entry into the state. Haris Ibrahim is merely the President of an NGO and an activist, and has yet to affirm himself as a candidate in the upcoming GE. He did not even say under which political banner would he be contesting, and in all probability, he would be contesting as an independent candidate. This being so, why is the Sabah government so afraid of him? I think, to most in Sabah the name of Haris Ibrahim is yet unknown and I don’t believe he has made any substantial impact in Sabah politics.
If Haris Ibrahim was not allowed to pass the gates at Kota Kinabalu airport, and if such fear persist, what about Anuar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang or Ustaz Hadi Awang then? I am quite sure, they all will not be allowed to even board the aircraft at KLIA, or the airline would refuse to sell them the tickets. This is the fear that the Sabah government has for the opposition today that I find it amusing and outright silly. I think the cause for this fear is the doing of the Sabah government itself where too many ‘hidden agendas’ are slowly beginning to surface; the most revealing being the issuance of ID’s to illegal immigrants (Indonesians and Philippines) over the years to prop up support for the Sabah government during elections. The Sabah government can go on denying this, but it is the people that know best.
The Sabah government has to understand that depriving Malaysian national the freedom to travel within his own country is at the detriment of the government itself. Although both Sabah and Sarawak has the power to deny individuals (even Malaysian nationals) from entering the state, but this power should be applied judiciously and with sound reasoning. It should not be applied for some insidious and fictitious reasons to justify the self centered and selfish needs of its political leaders. In the case of Haris Ibrahim, no reason was given, and this could give rise to lots of negative perception about the state leadership. It is true that someone has said to me recently that the Sabah government and the Chief Minister in particular is now even too afraid of his own shadow. Why is this so, unless he has too many skeletons to hide from Haris Ibrahim. And the unique nature of skeletons is that it is not too easy to dispose off. It will keep haunting you.
With the advent of technologies especially in the area of IT, one need not go anywhere to appear before an audience. What is required is a large screen, a computer and a projector to show to an audience in real time, the image of the speaker located some hundreds of miles away. This video teleconference method can be used at several places simultaneously without the speaker having to move anywhere. If this method is to be used, then Haris Ibrahim, Anuar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Ustaz Hadi Awang need not be travelling to Sabah and Sarawak for the campaigning in the next GE. Understandably, this method may not have the required impact of a live speaker, but the messages can anyhow be passed quite effectively.
To the Sabah state government, let me say this, that what you did to Haris Ibrahim is outrageous and smacks of insanity. You can do it once upon him, but when the people begin to know the truth and reason, and then there is nothing to stop them for knowing more until the groundswell of support becomes too overbearing and uncontrollable; this then signals the beginning of your last days in office.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION