Sunday, September 19, 2010

Movement lambasted for setting quit deadline for Taib

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By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: The chairman of grassroots-based Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) Francis Siah was slammed for his ultimatum in demanding Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to step down by August next year.
“Who is this Francis Siah and MoCS?” asked Peter Minos, who is deputy information chief of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu.

He was reacting to comments made by Siah that appeared in FMT yesterday.

“And who has given him the power to usurp the wishes of the whole of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu executive committee members and the 71 PBB branch chairmen throughout Sarawak who have passed a resolution that Taib will continue as PBB president and as chief minister?”

“Besides PBB members, there are many others including non-governmental organisations, associations, community leaders, Sarawak United People’s Party, Parti Rakyat Sarawak and Sarawak Democratic Party who have agreed with PBB that Taib must stay on as chief minister,” Minos added.

Yesterday Siah said MoCS had respectfully sent a request to Taib to step down as soon as possible as this was the general “consensus of the people of Sarawak that Taib has served long enough as chief minister”.

“He should step down as soon as possible, but we will give him till next August to do so,” Siah had said.

Blasting Siah for such a comment, Minos said: “I put it this way, if Taib is able and willing, why do we disturb him? Why pressure him to resign?

“It is not easy to get a seasoned, strong and wise leader like Taib.

“Who has Siah in mind?” asked Minos, pointing out that Siah should respect democratic and free wishes of the majority and the people. He added that Siah had no mandate to ask Taib to step down.

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