SABAHANS can be rest assured that unity among multi-ethnic Sabahans is the last thing on the mindset of Kuala Lumpur politicians, alleged chairman of the Sabah chapter of State Reform Party (STAR), Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
"Kuala Lumpur would never want us united... They are most afraid if we Sabahans are united because if we are united, they could not eat us," he said in his speech launching STAR's Karanaan state constituency coordinating committee at Kampung Himbaan near here yesterday.
Alleging that Malayan leaders had the penchant of segregating people along racial and religion lines in Peninsular, they now, through their Malayan-based parties extension here have brought in the same political culture to Sabah.
"They did not want to learn from our unity here in Sabah where inter-cultural union is common... they want us disunited so they can lord over us and continue to treat Sabah as fix-deposit.
"But Sabahans now have realised KL political game and they want to take charge of their own fate and future. Sabahans realised that they could not trust outsiders to lead them and that is why more and more people rally under STAR now..." he said at the function which was attended by about 300 people.
Also in attendance yesterday were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) suprme council member Japiril Suhaimin and USNO protem senior leader Sofea Leong Chau Chu. Ranau STAR is headed by Jalibin Paidi, a teacher, who is poised to be one of STAR candidates at the coming general election.
Dr Jeffrey also shared with the audience how then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told him 'not to tell Sabahans what they don't know' as the epitome of Kuala Lumpur mindset and fear of people who are aware of and want to assert their rights.
Jeffrey said that was when he was about to be detained by Dr Mahathir under the draconaian Internal Security Act (ISA), allegedly for plotting by force to take Sabah away from the Federation of Malaysia.
Scores of former members of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) also handed in their application forms to Dr Jeffrey to join STAR at the function. (STAR Media)