KOTA KINABALU : “Pairin should contest as a gentleman and as a mature politician instead of politicizing family relationship,” said STAR Sabah Chief, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan in response to Pairin’s statement that Jeffrey should not contest against him in Keningau.
Jeffrey said “there is nothing personal in this election. I am contending against the BarisanNasional candidate who happens to be my brother. That’s all”.
By bringing in family matters into the fray – that a younger brother should not go against an elder brother – Pairin is trying to gain the sympathy of voters, especially in Tambunan and Keningau which regards the family institution as important.
Pairin’s supporters are also bringing the HuguanSiouship as a trump card in this election – that the HuguanSiou must not be made to lose in this election that it would bring shame to the KDM people if Pairin loses.
This statement is not only an insult to the intelligence of the native people of Sabah but very irresponsible. Whether Pairin wins or loses in this election has nothing to do with the HuguanSiouship? Pairin, the politician, is contesting in this election not the HuguanSiou.
Jeffrey added, “theHuguanSiou institution should never be politicized otherwise Pairin is seen only to be a BN HuguanSiou and not the paramount chief of his people. That is why a HuguanSiou should not be a partisan politician. He should remain above politics to be revered and respected.”