Political parties in Sabah that opposed the national coalition (Barisan Nasional) has been described as a scabbard by Umno Liawan Assemblyman Datuk Haji Sairin Haji Karno. This trained teacher-turned politican said the opposition parties in the State had the sheath but not the sword. In contrast, he said the BN Government has both the sword and sheath. He wanted the people not to contaminate their villages by having opposition parties in their midst.
Although Sairin did not named the opposition party, he was obviously referring to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) whose leaders, including its national vice president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, had been visiting villages in Keningau, Liawan included.
PKR is to field a candidate against Sairin in the forthcoming general elections. PKR will get the supports but not the votes enough to unseat Sairin. Sairin has been in Liawan (previously part of Bingkor seat) since USNO time, having contested but lost until he joined Umno and contested Liawan, a new created seat. Sairin, by the way, was my junior in a teachers' training college about 23 years ago.