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13TH GENERAL ELECTION: A time to reflect and improve

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CONGRATULATIONS to Datuk Seri Musa Aman for leading Barisan Nasional to victory in Sabah. It was a relief when I saw BN Sabah emerging victorious at 2am yesterday.

After studying the results in the newspaper, I am sad to say that they are far from satisfying.

It is a far cry from the results five years ago when Sabah BN achieved a landslide victory. The opposition had only managed to secure one state seat.

The results show a general dissatisfaction among the communities over the performance of the present administration, leading to the defeat of several BN stalwarts and close calls in some constituencies.

The opposition's strong showing may have also been helped by deserters or disloyal members who were not selected for the contest.

This is a strong signal of the need for change. This is indeed a moment to reflect rather than to celebrate.

The results are a wake-up call for Sabah BN leaders as well as our prime minister. It is evident that voters go for performers and not celebrities. And, quite frankly, BN Sabah is lucky to come through alive. It could have gone the other way, a modern-day Titanic.

This is an area where some honest soul-searching is required to stop the slide in people's support and improve the situation in the next five years.

The opposition was able to make inroads in many areas as they understand the people's problems, and their messages resonate with them.

BN must now select a team of workers who are prepared to leave the comfort of their air-conditioned office and turun padang to serve the people.

The opposition can be subdued as they are immature in the ways they engage in distasteful tactics during the election campaign.

I also notice the opposition candidates are poor losers in the way they complain about voting fraud, indelible ink and other trivial matters, post-election.

When I went to cast my vote, I noticed everything was quite normal. All the workers were friendly and helpful, even the returning officer joked with me.

If the BN government wants any change in their transformation programmes, the moment for such change has arrived. We need dedicated and committed leaders to make this a happy nation.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman with his deputies his (centre) flanked by his two deputies, Datuk Yahya Husin (right) and Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Musa has led Barisan Nasional to victory in Sabah in the 13th General Election.


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