More leaders back three DCMs systems

Two Barisan Nasional (BN) component Parties in Sabah yesterday shot down UPKO Youth Chief Arthur Sen’s claim that the current system of three Deputy Chief Ministers (DCMs) in Sabah does not reflect the ‘1Malaysia’ concept.
MCA Sabah Liaison Committee Deputy Chairman Datuk Paul Kong when contacted for comments on Arthur’s statement, said his personal opinion was for the status quo to be maintained as it had served the State well and had been in place for a long time.
Kong who is also a MCA Central Committee Member and the MCA Penampang Division Chairman, said the three DCMs system reflected the three major races in Sabah just the same as in Sarawak.
“If it is to be reduced to one DCM, then the question is who will be the one to make sacrifice because in politics, everybody fights for more, not for less,” he said.
According to him, the State leaders should not be politicking too much on this issue and instead concentrate on their efforts to help Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in reviving the state and country’s economy.
When the economy is doing well, most of the problems will become non-issues because everybody will be busy and preoccupied with making money, Kong stressed.
“Again, my most sincere advice to all is to respect our present system, to indulge in less politicking and to stand behind PM and CM to improve our economy,” he said.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Vice President Herbert Timbun Lagadan also support Sabah UMNO Assistant Secretary Datuk Masidi Manjun’s view on the issue.
“I support Masidi’s contention that it is good to have three DCMs as it reflects the State’s unique community groups,” the Assistant Minister of Community Service and Consumer Affair said.
Having three DCMs, Herbert pointed out, is more sensible and better reflection of fairness to the major community group in Sabah rather than having the two-year rotation of Chief Minister continued.
“If ‘1Malaysia’ can be equality and fair opportunity for all the different races in Sabah, having three DCMs is a more practical solution to fulfill the desire of each community to put up its representative as the CM of Sabah.
“I am not convinced that the UPKO Youth Chief’s stand on the three DCMs reflect the stand of the party’s UPKO leadership,” he said.

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