VOXPOP 'Everyone is currying favour with the incumbent government. When things don't go their way, they become the opposition.'
Rebel duo adds to fragmented Sabah opposition
iVoice: The time is ripe for East Malaysia to exert what is duly theirs in the 20-point agreement made during the formation of Malaysia.
The political awareness in Sabah and Sarawak has created an unprecedented opening and all opposing parties to BN should set aside their differences to agree on a common front, that is to subdue BN's ability to be elected in every winnable constituency there.
Disgusted: My feeling is PKR, DAP, PAS and other coalitions from Peninsular Malaysia should yield to local parties in Sabah opposing BN, such as SAPP, STAR and SRF.
Whilst still holding on to seats that they are incumbent, they should sacrifice standing in seats where they are not incumbents. Perhaps, they should make a solid pact that none of those who stand under Pakatan Rakyat's banner will jump ship come what may.
The main aim should be to unseat BN in Putrajaya. Only then can Sabah and Sarawak see changes and get what they deserve from the federal government.
In the meantime, PAS, DAP, PKR and PSM should concentrate all their efforts and resources in Peninsular Malaysia where Umno-BN with its unlimited resources is extremely formidable and can be difficult to unseat.
Anonymous #06659895: Tell me, which local political parties from Sabah and Sarawak look after the interest of Sabahans and Sarawakians. They are all controlled by Umno.
Umno and the local Sabah and Sarawak parties are in bed together to deny East Malaysians their rightful share of our wealth and resources.
Odin: All those parties outside the BN must get their act together. Their leaders must work for the benefit of Sabahans and not for themselves, so that BN can be kicked out permanently.
Their chance is here and now. If they don't take advantage of it, it may not come again until long later, by which time it will be too late to salvage Sabah.
Black Mamba: Sabahan politicians have never gotten their politics right from day one. Everyone is currying favour with the incumbent government. When things don't go their way, they become the opposition.
Like warlords in their individual constituency, they think they are kingmakers but always ended up as serfs to the lord in Putrajaya.
Hmmmmmmmm: Please make sure the defectors are not Trojan horses who will hop over once they win under the Pakatan ticket. Nothing can be discounted in politics. It is best not to allow them to contest until they pass the test of time.
They should just support whatever candidates put up by Pakatan if they are really pro-Pakatan as they claim.
Anonymous #86633731: Exercise caution must be exercised with regard to these politicians ... all super frogs!
AngryBird: The time has come for Sabahans to throw out Umno-BN. Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman claims to be sincere and honest, but look at the wealth he has amassed along with his cronies.
Bob Teoh: Whatever it is, it's not going to be plain sailing for BN. Sabah Umno is in for a slaughter. If the mood spills over to Sarawak, Pakatan will be knocking at the doors of Putrajaya.
Finally, we don't have to have a First Lady of Malaysia anymore. Just the wife of the new PM will do, thank you.
No Olympic medals in sight as barren run continues
Aiyoyo: There are several countries competing in the London Olympics that have a lower population than Malaysia. And their athletes win gold, silver and bronze, whereas our athletes perform dismally.
Malaysia is not able to compete at international level mainly because of politics and corruption, just like in many other arenas such as education, business, the judiciary, you name it.
When are we going to wake up and say we want to be counted? Whichever party rules the country, we need a total overhaul of everything in Malaysia, and not mere boasting of Malaysia Boleh.
Lover Boy: Do not be too hard on the athletes - this is the best Malaysia has to offer at the international arena. I believe Malaysia can produce top-class athletes, not only in badminton but in other sports too.
The problem as someone has pointed out, is because of corruption and cronyism by the sports officials, including the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
I recall at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, our dragon boat team was not allowed to participate although it was sponsored by the Penang government.
The reason given by the septuagenarian datuk who is the OCM secretary-general, is that the rowers are not members of OCM. The other reason is the dragon boat boys have no national sports association in Malaysia. What rubbish is this?
There are many sports bodies that are being kept out by OCM and I think the government should seriously look into this if sports is to grow in Malaysia.
KSC: They didn't mention the silly decision of sending an eight-month pregnant woman to the shooting competition.
In a sport where some shooters take drugs to slow down their metabolic system to allow them to concentrate, she claims her kicking baby won't distract her. Some airlines won't even allow her to fly. So predictably, she didn't even meet her best score.
At least, she can say that she represented Malaysia at the Olympics - another paid holiday.
Odin: Who needs medals? As long as those officials can have a free holiday in London, that is all that matters.
Vijay47: I think Malaysia should be more assertive during International Olympic Meetings, held to decide the events that should be included.
Perhaps it is too late for Brazil 2016, but if ‘Corruption - Mixed Team' was one of the events, we would make a clean sweep of gold, silver, and bronze.
And also in ‘Shopping - Ladies'.
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