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Benarkah tiada wakil komuniti Melayu Brunei dalam kabinet Sabah?

Posted by putatankini di April 3, 2008

Harap maklum bahawa taburan komuniti Melayu Brunei agak ramai tinggal di sebelah Pantai Barat Negeri Sabah. Berikut adalah petikan daripada kandungan surat khabar Daily Express bertarikh 27hb Mac 2008 yang agak menarik.
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DAILY EXPRESS NEWS
Sumber: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=56593 and Daily Express (newspaper).
Tarikh: 27-Mar-08

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No representation won’t mean being left out: PMBS
Kota Kinabalu: Persatuan Melayu Brunei Sabah (PMBS) President Datuk Yusoff Mohd Kassim is confident the Malaysian Brunei community in Sabah will not be left out in terms of development despite not having any representative in the new State Cabinet line-up.
Yusoff said the Sabah Brunei community needs to respect and accept the Government’s decision and be prepared to work hard as well as move forward as loyal citizens and participate actively with the State’s halatuju policy and Sabah Development Corridor.
“I have every confidence that the community will not be left out as there will be roles and opportunities that they can be involved in or contribute or even benefit from,” he said in a statement, Wednesday.
Yusoff, who is also the State Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary, was speaking in the interest of the Malaysian Brunei community in Sabah numbering over 300,000 people.
He was commenting on many views of the community forwarded to the association on Datuk Karim Bujang’s decision to turn down the Assistant Minister post.
This resulted in there being no more representative from the community in government as former State Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Rahim Ismail was not included in the line up. However, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman assured that Rahim would be given another role to play.
According to Yusoff, there is no lack of professionals in various capacities in the public services and private sector, including in agriculture and fisheries and even in ICT, to name a few.
“As such these are sources of strengths within the community that we can not only rely on but be proud of. They are involved in diverse fields or interests. All these could be harnessed to promote goodwill and to channel or lend whatever support and assistance needed by our community,” he said.
In other words, Yusoff said the Sabah Brunei community still have a choice and a voice in spite of the current situation and what is more important is that unity in the community must prevail, apart from focusing on creating a better future for the community.
At the same time, he said the community being Muslim Bumiputeras by definition, must remember they have strong representation in the Government line-up with the Chief Minister himself being a Muslim Bumiputera.
“Therefore, I have no doubt the community can be assured of continued or more assistance from the Government,” he said.
He added that the PMBS had successfully lifted the community’s culture and arts through the annual Pesta Gambus, which assisted in the development of the State’s tourism industry.

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Setelah membaca artikel tersebut, masihkah anda mempercayai bahawa tiada wakil komuniti Melayu Brunei dalam kabinet Sabah?

Sebenarnya ada tetapi ramai yang tidak tahu atau tidak mahu ambil tahu. Wakil komuniti Melayu Brunei dalam kabinet Sabah ialah Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya bin Awang Hussin, Timbalan Ketua Menteri Sabah.

Kenapa? Tak percaya?

Cuba anda renung kembali kempen Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 yang diadakan sebelum 8hb Mac 2008. Dalam banyak poster dan kain rentang, hanya ada satu kain rentang yang diletakkan pada billboard besar dekat jambatan Petagas dari arah Kota Kinabalu. Pada kain rentang tersebut, nama calon yang tuliskan ialah “YAHYAH @ YAHYA BIN HUSSIN @ AWANG HUSSIN”.

Selama ini ramai rakyat Sabah amnya tidak mengetahui asal usul keturunannya seolah-olah beliau tidak mewakili komuniti Melayu Brunei. Menurut sumber, nama penuhnya ialah Yahya bin Awang Hussin bin Awang Apong bin Awang Abdul Rahman bin Awang Tarif yang berasal daripada Brunei. Kalau dengan nama tersebut masih belum cukup untuk meyakinkan anda, maka fikirkan semula.

Daripada artikel di atas, nampaknya PMBS tidak membuat kajian terperinci akan latar-belakang keturunan atau bangsa Menteri-Menteri dalam kabinet Sabah. Kalau Presiden PMBS dan ahli-ahli PMBS masih tidak percaya, buatlah kajian lebih sedikit daripada biasa. Jangan terus cakap tiada wakil komuniti Melayu Brunei dalam kabinet Sabah.

Maklumlah, wakil rakyat Putatan ini suka berprofail rendah. Hanya tahu menjalankan tugas yang diamanahkan kepadanya.

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