Published on: Saturday, April 09, 2011
Kota Kinabalu: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) maintains that Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) eleventh hour pullout before the 1990 General Election was both a “mistake” and a “misdeed”.
Its Sec-Gen Datuk Dr Johnson Tee said in a statement: “After the pullout, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the then Prime Minister, described it as a “stab in the back” and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called it biadap (recalcitrant) because the decision was made at almost the eleventh hour, seriously damaging Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chances in the election.
“If this is not a misdeed then what is it?” he asked, Friday.
Johnson said PBRS regretted that Datuk Johnny Mositun, the Information Chief of PBS, conveniently misconstrued the party’s statement, which was meant to be friendly and to close the chapter of further incriminating (PBS) for leaving BN, unlike other statement uttered by certain leader within the BN.
“According to the Macmillan Dictionary and Oxford advanced Learner’s Dictionary, misdeed means an action that is wrong and wicked act respectively. We stand by our contention that the act was a mistake and it was also a misdeed,” he said.
“Of course that was history and we confidently believe PBS has repented and it is time for Kadazandusun and Murut in PBS, Upko and PBRS to work out a formula for greater unity among the races.
“We urge Mositun not to prolong the issue, as people who live in glass houses should not throw stones,” he said.
Mositun had said that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman had never used the word “misdeed” as pointed out by Johnson but “mistake” and that his advice was worded as such that it applied to everyone in general.
Mositun also said that Dr Johnson should know that there is a big difference between the meanings of “mistake” and “misdeeds”.
Story Arrangement By: Sabah Todays Admin
Sources: Daily Express
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