KINABATANGAN August 7, 2012: The member of parliament here, Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, believes the Barisan Nasional (BN) cannot win votes by relying on track record alone.
“We need to make a move to ensure we are still relevant,” he said.
Bung Moktar said the BN needed a transformation that will reflect positively on voters because of the looming threat coming from outside and inside the party.
He asserted that Sabahans are now more aware of their political landscape and more of them are speaking their mind.
“We cannot judge ourselves. We will be judged by the voters.
“I urge all levels of leadership, from high to low, to strive for this institution (BN) in an effort to maintain our position,” he said in his speech at the Zone 5 breaking of fast ceremony here, Sunday evening.
He added that while people are thankful for the allocations, there are rural villages still without basic amenities.
“The people (from the rural villages of Kinabatangan) told me that they have lived in Malaysia for more than 50 years but still without basic amenities,” said Bung.
Meanwhile, speaking at the same ceremony, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman agreed with Bung Moktar that Sabah’s political landscape is changing.
“Don’t look at YBs as Yang Berhormat (who is respected) but look at them as Yang Berkhidmat (who serves).
“We are aware that a lot of things are not ready yet, but what’s important is we are working on them,” said Musa.
The Chief Minister reminded the people that the BN is on the right track and they should not fall for the opposition’s empty promises.
“We have a good government. Fifty years of good administration is proof of this,” he said.
Libaran Umno and Baitul Mal distributed contributtions at the ceremony.
Musa personally made contributions to 65 religious institutions, including mosques, praying halls and religious leaders at Sri Libaran Hall before going to a Taman Merpati mosque to officiate and present contributions from Umno Libaran to the locals there.