Thursday, June 21, 2018

Umno party elections: let democracy prevail  

Salleh Said Keruak

This is the first time since 1987 that democracy is being fully-practiced in the Umno party election with all posts, including the top two posts, being contested. In the past, only a handful of 2,000 plus delegates chose the party leaders on behalf of more than three million members from 191 Umno divisions. Then there was the ten bonus votes system for a while, followed by the ‘no-contest for number one and two’ policy. All this was inherited from the 1980s era.

Today, for the second time, more than 150,000 Umno members will choose the party leaders, and for the first time, the top two posts are being keenly contested. This is what democracy is all about and is good for the party. Finally, it will be left to the members to decide who should lead the party and what they would like for the party.

This not only augurs well for democracy but for the party as well. We must respect the wishes and democratic right of the members to decide the party’s future. Umno members are more mature than we sometimes give them credit for. They know what needs to be done and who should be the ones entrusted in doing it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri  

Salleh Said Keruak
The festival or Eid, or Aidilfitri as it is called in Malaysia, is more than just a religious festival to Malaysians. No doubt the religious significance of Eid Mubarak is to celebrate the end of the one-month fasting during the month of Ramadan. But since long before Merdeka, Aidilfitri has taken on a more national rather that Muslim celebration.
Only in Malaysia, you can see Malaysians of all races and religious beliefs celebrating Hari Raya together in the spirit of comradeship and brotherhood unlike other celebrations. Second to that would probably be the celebration of Chinese New Year. So, Hari Raya is very important not only from the religious standpoint but from the aspect of nation-building and racial harmony as well.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Malaysians of all races and religions a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Let us carry forward the spirit of ‘Anak Malaysia’ and strengthen it through Hari Raya.

UMNO Sabah bersama UMNO Pusat, hormati keputusan Empat parti Sarawak tinggalkan BN

Salleh Said Keruak

UMNO Sabah menghormati keputusan Parti-Parti Sarawak untuk keluar dari BN atas alasan-alasan yang dinyatakan. Kita ucapkan selamat berjuang .

Di Sabah, masih ramai ahli-ahli dan penyokong-penyokong parti yang masih setia dengan perjuangan UMNO. Mereka telah bekerja keras untuk memenangkan calun calun BN semasa PRU 14. Kita tidak akan meninggalkan UMNO Malaysia hanya kerana kegagalan membentuk Kerajaan. Setiakawan mesti kita pelihara. Kita harus terus memperkukuhkan parti sebagai pilihan alternatif kepada rakyat. Apa pun tindakan yang diambil semestinya melalui muafakat antara kita. Tindakan tergopoh-gopoh akan merugikan kita.

Ketika ini kita tumpukan untuk menentukan proses pemilihan kepimpinan parti yang berlangsung pada 30 Jun akan berjalan lancar.

Berbeza pendirian politik bukannya satu kesalahan dan tidak semestinya bermusuh. Kita amalkan politik matang demi Negara dan Rakyat Malaysia tercinta.

Salleh Said Keruak
Timbalan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan UMNO Sabah

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Malaysia’s tragedy-mired celebrations

Salleh Said Keruak

Hari Raya is the most joyous period for Muslims when they get to balek kampung every year or even once every two years for some people. It is a time when many spend months planning and eagerly await the day.

Unfortunately, this is also a period when tragedy is at its highest due to the peak in road accidents. And this happens not only during Hari Raya but for most festivals and holidays.

In spite of all the road safety campaigns, the accident rate and death toll is still alarmingly high. It is time that we become conscious of this and not allow this joyous occasion to be marred by tragedy.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A sign of mature politics

Salleh Said Keruak

When Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad visited Kelantan after he retired as the Prime Minister the Kelantan Menteri Besar, Nik Aziz Nik Mat, put politics aside and paid the ex-PM a visit. Last week, the head of Pakatan Harapan Terengganu dropped in to meet the Menteri Besar to offer whatever help the opposition can extend the state government.

Umno’s acting-President, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, showed the same mature politics when he made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Mahathir and this should be commended as well. In fact, the PAS leadership also did the same earlier in the same spirit of maturity.

There is a time for politics and a time to put the country’s interest above politics. It will take time for this culture to get acceptance in Malaysia .

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Now let’s get down to business

Salleh Said Keruak

The general election is over and the new government has been formed and we do not expect the next general election until at least another five years or thereabouts from now. So maybe it is time to tone down the political campaigning and get down to running the country. There is much that needs to be done until we face the voters again in GE15.

Utmost to most of us in Sabah and Sarawak are the issues that have been raised these last few years and the promises made in the run-up to GE14. Sabah and Sarawak have different needs compared to those in Peninsular Malaysia and what is dear to the hearts of Sabahans and Sarawakians is the Malaysian Agreement.

The Federal Government needs to make it clear what its plans for Sabah and Sarawak are taking into consideration the two different state governments that exist here. Most of the promises made are based on if Pakatan Harapan forms the Federal Government, which now has happened, and not whether Pakatan Harapan forms the State Governments in Sabah and Sarawak.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Kudos to our police force  

Salleh Said Keruak

The Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said 15 suspects were nabbed between March 27 to May 9 by the Special Branch’s counter-terrorism division in a series of operations in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah. This operation pre-empted terrorist attacks on entertainment outlets, churches, Hindu temples and polling stations planned during the recent general election.

We must commend the police force for thwarting what could have resulted in chaos and loss of lives during the election period. Members of the public do not really know what goes on behind the scenes and what PDRM, in particular the Special Branch, is doing to ensure the safety of Malaysians and the peace and stability of the country.

Malaysia’s Special Branch was considered one of the best intelligence agencies in the world during the Malayan Emergency period and we must ensure this continues to be so. Every day we read about terrorist attacks in cities all over the world and with ‘lone wolf’ operations it is getting harder to detect and pre-empt terrorist attacks. Security must be the first priority of the new government as recent developments have proven.