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KUCHING, Sept 28: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believed that there must not be two heads in a village, as just there should never be two prime ministers in Malaysia.
He called on Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chief Baru Bian not to become the tool that splits Sarawakians.
“We cannot have two heads in a village. Likewise, we cannot have two prime ministers in Malaysia. This MPKK (Village Community Management Council) idea is all about breaking Sarawak into pieces.
“I deem it as PH’s (Pakatan Harapan’s) ‘act of war’ against Sarawak GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak).
“Baru must not let himself to be a tool for splitting the people of Sarawak,” said Abdul Karim in a statement today.
He felt Baru will be unfair to Sarawak if he supported the setting up of the MPKK of which the set up is political and purely aims to split up the rural communities.
Abdul Karim, who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister reminded Baru, who is the Works Minister, that having two systems of grassroots leadership is akin to the “divide and rule” strategy of the colonial time.
“This way, PH will find it easier to win over the state knowing the strength and support of the present GPS rests mostly in the rural areas.
“This ‘divide and rule’ strategy is how our colonist masters of yesteryears manage to gain control of most of their faraway colonies including Sarawak, where the indigenous natives were pitted against each other and the colonial master will be the one to resolve their disputes and in the end, becoming the eventual masters.
“Baru must not be selfish,” said Abdul Karim.
He went further as to call on Baru not to allow that to happen just because of politics.
“Baru must instil in himself some love for Sarawak and don’t do it because of politics. You are prepared to go all out even if it splits up the rakyat. MPKK is PH’s ways to split up the kampongs, villages and Communities,” claimed Abdul Karim.
Abdul Karim said Baru had admitted that MPKK will be a system that is almost parallel to the existing Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK).
“If there is already a good system practised for decades and which has managed to unite the people, why must PH and Baru introduce another system unless they have other ulterior motives?
“Politic is about uniting the people and bringing progress and development. Why must PH do otherwise in Sarawak?”
Abdul Karim also rubbished the claim of Baru that the setting up of MPKK is for the dissemination of information to the rural people.
“Baru had claimed and reiterated that the setting up of MPKK is for the federal government to disseminate information to the rural folk. That is purely rubbish.
“PH government controls all communication and multimedia agencies – RTM (Radio Television Malaysia), Information Department, Ministry Communication and Multimedia etc… Aren’t these agencies, agencies of PH to disseminate information and propaganda which reach the furthest part of the state?” Abdul Karim asked. — DayakDaily