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June 26, 2012

‘Shadow cabinet’ list backfires in Sabah, Sarawak

FMT Staff

Pakatan Rakyat’s so-called shadow cabinet list has thrown Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘fair representation’ pledge to Sabah and Sarawak into the fire.

Pakatan Rakyat’s so-called shadow cabinet has come under fire here with many declaring that it was a ‘reflection’ of how the peninsular-based opposition viewed the state’s importance.

Last week FMT columnist Selena Tay revealed, after speaking to a Pakatan MP who declined to be named, a list of people who formed Pakatan’s shadow cabinet.

Except for two posts – Deputy Prime Minister 3 and at Transport Minister – all positions were swept by peninsular-based Pakatan MPs from DAP, PAS and PKR.

Responding to comments to her disclosure, Tay wrote: “I never forget Sabah and Sarawak but as mentioned above, this list is from the previous GE when the Sabahans and Sarawakians only gave one or two miserable seats to the opposition.

“If they vote Pakatan more, then their representation will be increased.”

Her comment and list have shocked many in Sarawak and neighbouring Sabah, where Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has been busy wooing MPs and voters.

It has also put Anwar’s spin that Sabah and Sarawak will be dealt with fairly under question. The grapevines here are spewing skeptism over Pakatan’s ‘real’ intentions.

Anwar’s PKR is already facing an uphill battle in Sabah where there is prevailing questions about the party’s ‘genuineness’ and threats from a fast expanding State Reform Party lead by former PKR vice president Jeffrey Kitingan.

Said one Sabah businessman, who declined to be named: “This is not even the real list. It’s only a shadow cabinet and they did not nominate anyone from Sabah, imagine after the elections.

“PKR cannot win any seats in Sabah and DAP maybe get one.. so what will happen then. We will still have only one miserable seat unless they tie up with a local party.”

Pakatan ‘no different from BN’

In Sarawak, local folk are seething at the ‘arrogance of leadership’.

A civil servant in Sibu who declined to be named accused the KL opposition pact leaders of having a short memory.

“They have forgotten that DAP and PKR together won 15 seats in last April state election and the fact that DAP here has two MPs.

“The shadow list ignored them completely. This could eventually be the real list, you know.

“How can you trust people who say one thing and do another? They are no different from BN,” he said.

Meanwhile Sarawak PKR vice-chairman See Chee How whilst admitting that many had roundly criticised the list, said that “the list is not finalised yet”.

“There is no official confirmation on the list yet. But I am confident that eventually there will be a better representation of Sarawak and Sabah if Pakatan takes over,” he said.

He also added that the opposition coalition will “heed public opinions” in the event Sabah and Sarawak delivered on its seats in the 13th general election.

‘We are united’

Meanwhile state PKR chief Baru Bian, who was named Transport Minister in the shadow cabinet list, yesterday urged Sarawakians not to listen to news being spread by the media that Pakatan Rakyat in Sarawak and in the country is divided.

“We in PKR, PAS and DAP are solidly united having one vision and one fight, and our fight is against the Barisan Nasional.

“Our promise is that we will fight BN on a one-to-one in all the 31 parliamentary seats,” he said, pointing out that they did it in the last election.

Bian, who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, said that during the last election the people in his constituency were told that development projects would be withdrawn or stopped if they voted for the opposition.

“They even told the people that their children would be stopped from going to school if they voted for the opposition, and they issued all sorts of threats.

“But after the election was over, the people realised that the projects went ahead until they were completed and the children continued to go to school.



  1. Hey people, hold your horses. Don’t believe everything you read in the blogs! This reporter says she was given the list by an unnamed source! Is she an agitating agent? Let’s hear it from the horses’ mouths, i.e. the leaders of PKR, PAS, DAP before we jump to any conclusion.

    Comment by Ling — June 26, 2012 @ 4:41 PM | Reply

  2. If pakatan rakyat win the general election this time and Sarawakian representatives are far from the supposedly 33% (another 33% for Sabah), enough is enough, we are out of this bullcrap colonization.

    Comment by farcry — June 26, 2012 @ 3:50 PM | Reply


      The lack of representation in the Pakatan line up of Shadowy ministers confirms that Sabah and Sarawak are still treated as colonies by the Malayans.

      Sabah & Sarawak brother and sisters- “Malaysia” was (IS?) supposed to be an equal partnership of Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak (original included Brunei which opted out when it got wise to UMNO colonization plan).

      Sabah and Sarawak should each get 33% of the Shadow cabinet positions and distribution of constituency seats. But we have been disenfranchised since 1963!

      What “equal partnership in Malaysia”???

      After they sucked us into Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak became the 13th and 14th attachments as States of the Federation of Malaya. Labuan was a separate colony then and was ”federalised” later on.

      Since 1963 we were treated likes kid by Kuala Lumpur who STOLE our independence AND then took control of our finance and resources n breach of the Malaysia Agreement.

      They then “Malayanised” and grabbed our jobs and not as promised “Borneonise” our civil service, education, health and everything!

      In 1969, they created and imposed their abhorrent pseudo religious Malay supremacists apartheid system under the NEP and discriminated against all Sabahans and Sarawakians regardless of race or religion.

      Even a “bumiputra” female student suffered from this awful evil system by being refused the chance of higher education because one of her parents was a Chinese.

      Like the USA the British wanted to tax them without representation and the Americans revolted.

      We demand that local leaders regardless of political affiliations to show some guts and lead the people to reclaim their national right of independence and not be the lap dogs of Pakatan or UMNO.

      We want to take Sabah and Sarawak OUT of Malaysia!

      (Hope this is loud & clear to all you Malayan collaborators!)

      Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM — June 26, 2012 @ 4:29 PM | Reply


        SO BE WARNED@!



        Comment by anon — June 26, 2012 @ 4:32 PM | Reply

  3. Baru should demand for an official list. This will make Sabah and Sarawak voters comfortable. No point in urging, rakyaat needs action.

    Comment by lawrencek1 — June 26, 2012 @ 8:17 AM | Reply



    Why kowtow to Malayan party bosses?

    Where is Sarawak nationalism and pride that we have of our independent status from 1842 to 1942? Since then we have remained a colony for 70 years!

    Unfortunately while doing good work to defend the dispossessed land owners, some of us have lost sight of our fight for independence against Malayan colonialism which is not yet concluded!

    We have joined the “opposition” that is Malayans who never fail to show that they stand OPPOSITE Sabahans and S’wakians!

    Now Baru despite all your hard work they don’t even bother to make any S’wakians “shadow ministers”.

    WHY? Because we are treated as “shadows” not seen in the light!

    The reality is that colonial subjects do not usually get to become ministers in the colonizing country.

    They have to play the running dogs and beg for crumbs!

    Sarawakians stop being running dogs to the Malayan colonizers!

    Comment by anon — June 26, 2012 @ 6:43 AM | Reply

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