Kota Kinabalu: Federal Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders should stop treating Sabah and Sarawak just as its "fixed deposit" and instead pay more attention to the problems and needs of the people.Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Deputy President Datuk Chin Su Phin said the outcome of the Sibu Parliamentary by-election served as a strong signal to the ruling BN coalition.
In the by-election on Sunday, BN candidate Robert Lau Hui Yew lost to DAP's Wong Ho Leng by a slim 398 vote majority.
"As such, BN leaders from the Federal level should stop treating Sabah and Sarawak as a fixed deposit for the BN.
"Instead, they should pay more attention to the problems and needs of the people, especially Sabah as there are people who are still dissatisfied with the BN," said Chin here Monday.
Chin, who was among the BN leaders helping in the campaign trail for Lau in Sibu, said based on the slogans and banners put up during the campaigning, there was still an air of dissatisfaction among the Sarawakians with the government.
"In my view, the BN leadership has ignored the feelings of the people.
We must bear in mind that money does not necessarily solve the problems affecting the people.
"Yes, the people have accepted the 1Malaysia concept, but there are some problems that have not been resolved yet within the BN coalition itself.
"Recently, one of the NGOs tried to organise a massive rally in conjunction with the May 13 incident. It is sad to see that former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed accepted an invitation to attend the supposed gathering.
"Why must we look backward? We should be looking forward.
May 13 is a sensitive issue to the people, including the Chinese community," he said.
Chin also viewed negatively the current trend among opposition elected representatives who quit their parties to either cross over to the BN or declare themselves as independents.
"The people may think that the BN is buying them over and such development may not bring any benefit to the BN.
Even assuming that some more opposition MPs will quit and cross over to BN so the Barisan will secure a two-third majority, this will be temporary only as we (BN) will have to face the consequence in the next general election."
Chine reiterated that in the State, The Sabah BN is also having leadership problem which must be swiftly resolved by the BN leadership.
"I have been criticised by fellow BN leaders for the issue, but I am doing it for the good of the BN, particularly in facing the next general election.
Now, we can see that Sabah and Sarawak are facing the same problem.
"We have already brought this matter to the BN leadership, so we hope that the Prime Minister will take immediate action not just for Sabah and Sarawak, but also other states which also face similar leadership problems," he said.
According to Chin, leaders from LDP would listen to the grouses of the people whenever they go to the ground and relate them to the BN leadership.
LDP President Datuk VK Liew, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, had brought the matter up with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he said, adding that Liew would also be seeing the Prime Minister soon.