Saturday, 16 February 2013

A POLITICAL GIMMICK IN BAD TASTE






PENAMPANG: Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah’s (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Ranau’s controversial act in allegedly declaring Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as Huguan Siou Malaysia was no more than a political gimmick that was in bad taste.

He said it was a clear deviation from the norm and tradition of the KadazanDusun Murut (KDM) and would further damage the image and credibility of the opposition among Sabahans.

“The word “Huguan Siou” itself means paramount leader for the whole ethnic. I don’t think such a title fits for him (Anwar). Huguan Siou is not just a symbol but an actual care taker of the culture and tradition of that ethnic, and equally important to unite the people.

“So, how can he do this when he is not even from that ethnic, I think it is really out of place. Everyone knows that it was just for political gimmick and I believe it will, if not already, backfire at him,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister cum Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, who is the Huguan Siou for KDM, declined to comment when ask about the issue, saying as the person concerned it would be better if he let his people speak their feeling about the matter themselves.

Another KDCA leader has called for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to apologise to the KDM community for reportedly accepting the ‘Huguan Siou’ title from PKR Ranau last week.

KDCA supreme council member, Jeoffrey Ekol, said, APS President Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing and PKR Ranau chief, Jonathan Yassin, should also apologise to their fellow KDMs for the ‘faux pas’.

He added that those who presented Anwar with the sash and title should be given strong warning and made to pay a fine as ‘sogit’ for going against the KDM tradition and committing a shameful act.

Ekol felt that both Bumburing and Yassin are in denial of the truth based on their response to the issue, where they said the former village chief may not have been aware for what had transpired.

“And they said that based on their opinion the village chief could have been overly excited with Anwar’s visit. That cannot be true because PKR Ranau may have made arrangement with the ex-village head to bestow the title to Anwar.

“Now they are saying that the ex-village chief just came and put the siga and sash on Anwar? What a lie! They are trying to cover up their wrong doing/weakness after some KDM community made their objection known.

“Given Bumburing’s involvement in KDCA, he could have advised the organizer knowing that it could hurt the KDM community’s feelings,” Ekol stressed.

Ekol therefore felt that Bumburing and Yassin should apologise without delay to their fellow KDMs and have the title withdrawn from Anwar.

Further, according to him, PKR Ranau should know that conferring the Huguan Siou title is only done with the agreement by all KDM groups throughout Sabah and that it involves traditional rituals spearheaded by KDCA.

“We, the KDM have lost our dignity and pride by the irresponsible act of PKR Ranau. This shameful act should not be allowed to happen again otherwise any individual will just simply bestow the title as they like and if that happens, the KDM community will lose their dignity and pride.

“Worst still, the Huguan Siou title will be meaningless,” he said.

Ekol added that Anwar should not have accepted the sash if he respected and cared about the KDM’s sensitivity and feelings.

Anwar should voluntarily apologise to KDM and reject the title openly for he is not fit/qualified for it at all, Ekol said.

Meanwhile, former Pensiangan MP Datuk Dr Bernard S Maraat said Anwar should apologize for accepting the Huguan Siou Malaysia title from PKR Ranau recently.

He said Anwar should do so as it had hurt the feelings of Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) in the state.

“Huguan Siou is sacred and only for an individual from the KDM community who is regarded as having the quality of a true leader who can bring unity, peace, happiness and progress to the community,” said Maraat who is Sabah Borneo Murut Organisation (Borneo) president.

“What Anwar should have done is to find out whether such award is proper. I thought he (Anwar) is smart enough but I guess he is not after all,” he said. (BP)

54 comments:

  1. We should be aware that "Huguan Siou" which simply means paramount leader for the whole ethnic, is not just a symbol but an actual care taker of the culture and tradition of that ethnic, and equally important to unite the people.

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  2. Deputy Chief Minister cum Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan, who is the Huguan Siou for KDM, declined to comment when ask about the issue, however another KDCA leader has called for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to apologise to the KDM community for reportedly accepting the ‘Huguan Siou’ title from PKR Ranau last week.

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  3. There is need for us to watch out for these kind of leaders just as the next GE is fast approaching.

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    1. Justeru para pengundi patut lebih fokus dan bijak dalam membuat keputusan. Jangan tersalah undi sudah lah:)

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    2. Jangan undi mengikut perasaan.

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    3. Rakyat harus menilai siapakah kerajaan yang benar berkemampuan dan berkeupayaan.

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  4. Is it not better for the leaders to discuss how to uplift the socio-economic of the poor kampong KDM or just exploiting the Huguan Siou issue for political benefits? Huguan Siou is sacred and only for an individual from the KDM community who is regarded as having the quality of a true leader who can bring unity, peace, happiness and progress to the community,” said Maraat who is Sabah Borneo Murut Organisation (Borneo) president.

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  5. Former Pensiangan MP Datuk Dr Bernard S Maraat said Anwar should apologize for accepting the Huguan Siou Malaysia title from PKR Ranau recently. He said Anwar should do so as it had hurt the feelings of Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) in the state.

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  6. This issue should not have happened.

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    1. What to do... 'Huguan Siou' besar maknanya buat Sabahan so bila Anwar diberikan gelaran itu mestilah local KDM panas.

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    2. Isu ini dimainkan untuk tujuan politik.

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  7. Political gimmick? Wasting time.

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    1. memang gimik politik pembangkang...mahu menjatuhkan maruah KDM..

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    2. Tidak perlu mengambil perhatian keatas isu yang tidak penting ini.

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  8. Kepincangan politik seharusnya tidak berlaku.

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  9. Apa pun jangan buat spekulasi.

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  10. Apa sudah mahu jadi sama politik negara kita ini. Ada saja gimik yang mereka buat. huhuu

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    1. ia hanya membuktikan pembangkang semakin terdesak dan tertekan untuk mencari populariti bagi menghadapi PRU13.

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    2. Masing-masing ada agenda untuk dicapai.

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  11. Satu-satunya harapan sekarang ialah rakyat patut tahu apa yang harus dilakukan. Ingatlah keputusan kita menentukan apa yang akan berlaku di hadapan kita.

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    1. rakyat haruslah menolak kepimpinan Anwar dan pembangkang...

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    2. Let the people decide whether or not to give chances to Anwar?

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  12. Gara-gara Anwar, kecoh satu Sabah. hihi.. Anwar layak atau tidak terima gelaran itu terpulanglah pada setiap individu. Yang penting jangan sampai kita bagi undi sama Anwar sudahlah. haha

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    1. sampai bila2 pun memang anwar tidak layak...beliau bukannya keturunan kaum KDM...seharusnya anwar dan PKR serta wilfred memohon maaf kepada KDM atas kejahilan mereka yang menguris sensitiviti kaum KDM..maka adalah rasional KDM menolak pembangkang pada pru13 nanti.

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  13. biarpun ghairah berpolitik, jangan sampai maruah dan harga diri serta nilai KDM diperolokkan dan direndahkan seperti yang dilakukan oleh pembangkang...

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  14. Political leaders and Kadazandusun elders have accused the PKR leader of belittling their community.

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  15. Photographs of Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wearing a headgear and sash with the words "Huguan Siou" have generated a storm among Sabahans.

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  16. To them, the move to bestow the title, which means Paramount Leader of the Kadazandusuns, is an affront to the community.

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  17. The Kadazandusun community had selected Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as their Huguan Siou or revered leader since 1984.

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  18. "As far as we are concerned, there is only one Huguan Siou. Anyone else claiming the title insults the Kadazandusuns," Majimbun said.

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  19. More people accept Anwar. For sure the PRU has got great challenge.

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  20. Harus menumpu perhatian atas isu yang lebih penting.

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  21. Penyanyi berbangsa Dusun, Jimmy Palikat yang mempopularkan lagu
    etniknya, 'Anak Kampung' disifatkan lebih besar jasanya berbanding Datuk
    Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang dianugerahkan gelaran Huguan Siou yang
    bermaksud pemimpin agung dalam kalangan etnik Kadazandusun Murut (KDM)
    Sabah.

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  22. Naib Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal berkata, gelaran itu hanya khusus untuk pemimpin tertinggi KDM sahaja

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  23. mempersoalkan bila masanya Ketua Pembangkang itu menjadi sebahagian daripada etnik terbesar di Sabah itu.

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  24. Ini merupakan helah dan gimik politik mereka semata-mata.

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  25. Apa jasa dan perjuangan Anwar untuk daulatkan etnik KDM di negeri ini.
    Saya percaya orang KDM amat bijak untuk menilai siapa sebenarnya yang
    banyak membantu mereka selama ini.

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  26. Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak lebih besar jasanya
    berbanding Anwar, malah Najib bukan sahaja membela nasib KDM tetapi
    seluruh rakyat di Malaysia

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  27. Gelaran Huguan Siou yang bermaksud pemimpin agung bagi kumpulan etnik Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) Sabah bukan boleh dianugerahkan sesuka hati kepada mana-mana individu sebaliknya perlu menjalani banyak proses pemilihan.

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  28. Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Tindal Bersatu Sabah, Kanul Gindol berkata, tindakan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Cabang Ranau menganugerahkan gelaran Huguan Siou kepada Penasihat parti itu, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai keputusan bersendirian dan bersifat nakal.

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  29. Katanya, anugerah itu merupakan tindakan bersendirian daripada Ketua Cabang Ranau iaitu Jonathan Thayasin dan pastinya akan menimbulkan kemarahan daripada ahli KDM kawasan tersebut dan kawasan lain kerana tidak bersetuju dengan tindakan tersebut.

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  30. "Penganugerahan Huguan Siou melibatkan pemilihan daripada pemimpin-pemimpin kanan KDM dan bukan daripada orang luar yang belum tentu banyak jasa serta pengorbanan yang diberikan dalam memajukan kaum KDM di negeri ini.

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  31. "Atas sebab itu saya katakan ia sebagai satu tindakan nakal kerana tidak ada proses pemilihan yang berlaku, malah boleh menyebabkan bantahan daripada ahli-ahli KDM di kawasan itu sendiri dan kawasan lain," katanya.

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  32. Sehubungan itu, kata Kanul, Anwar tidak boleh mendabik dada dengan gelaran yang diberikan oleh cabang PKR Ranau tersebut kerana ia gelaran yang diberi oleh cabang itu sahaja.

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  33. Katanya, sebagai salah seorang pemimpin komuniti Tindal di negeri itu, dia melihat pengiktirafan tersebut sebagai tidak layak, melainkan kalau Jonathan sendiri yang merasakan ia layak untuk Anwar.

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  34. Kanul yang merupakan bekas Setiausaha Perhubungan PKR negeri menyeru agar parti-parti politik jangan sewenang-wenangnya menganugerahkan jawatan yang menyerupai atau 'menduakan' jawatan tertinggi itu untuk orang yang tidak layak.

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