Monday, 17 March 2008
Rungus are crying/praying
When Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan revoked the candidacy of Jornah Mozihim for the Motunggung seat two days before nomination day for the March 8 general elections, the Rungus in northern part of Sabah were angry. Jornah did cry so did her supporters but Pairin went ahead to field Sarapin Magana to defend Motunggung for Barisan Nasional-PBS.
Like Jornah, Sarapin is also a Rungus. Sarapin won the seat with an increased majority and the Rungus are happy but come naming/swearing of the Sabah Cabinet and Assistant Ministers, the community were not represented. They are expecting that Sarapin would be made an Assistant Minister, a post that Jornah was holding since 2004.
But it was not to be and now the Rungus are praying that the State's leadership, at least, made Sarapin heads one of the many government's bodies like the Sabah Rubber Industry Board.
Sarapin's chief campaigner for the polling district of Kandawayon Leberi Francis Maraim (pix above) said if the Muruts in the interior of Sabah was given three Assistant Ministers, `why is our people (the Rungus) left out just like that as if we are non-existence.'
I agree with Leberi.