Amanah is not all about voicing out: Bumburing
Published on: Sunday, January 29, 2012
Tuaran: Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) whose registration was approved in the middle of last year serves as a medium for the people's voice to be heard, said its Deputy President, Datuk Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing.
"It is hoped that with this additional channel, problems faced by the people could be dealth with effectively by the authorities concerned," he added.
Bumburing who is also Tuaran Member of Parliament (MP) was speaking at the launch of Amanah branches for the State Constituencies of Sulaman, Tamparuli and Kiulu at a hotel here recently.
The Sulaman branch is headed by Haji Ghulabdin Enjih, Tamparuli by Thony Julian and Kiulu by David Yaw. The three State Constituencies are under the Tuaran Parliamentary seat, whose Amanah Chairman, former Tuaran MP Datuk Monggoh Orow was present.
Also on hand were Tuaran Council deputy chairmen Francis Soon and Haji Jamling Ghani, vice-chairman Fairuz Bandar, secretary Irose Leecyous Jani, and Information Chief Haji Awang Puasa Jambul.
Bumburing who is also Amanah Sabah chairman, pointed out that the struggle to help the people does not necessarily rest on political parties alone.
"Being members of a political party, there may be limitations to voice out certain things as we have to adhere to party policies and so on.
"But being members of an NGO, we are free to voice out anything we like for we are just voicing out the people's grievences," he stresssed.
Bumburing is the Deputy President of Upko, a component party of the ruling national coalition, the Barisan Nasional. He is also a former Deputy Chief Minister before the 2004 election.
Rumours have been rife regarding his next political move after he joined Amanah and announced that he would not be defending his position as Tuaran UPKO Division chairman. Amanah is led nationally by Gua Musang MP and former Malaysian Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who was once a contender for the Premiership.
Bumburing also clarified that Amanah was not all about 'voicing out' or being 'outspoken' as some quarters might perceive it to be.
"We also care about the people's welfare and well-being including education as we believe that education plays an important part in determining our nation's future since youths of today would be leaders of tomorrow," he pointed out.
He gave the assurance that Amanah will criticise constructively and will not criticise for the sake of criticising, but rather based on facts.
Meanwhile, Haji Ghulabdin said with the emergence of Amanah, the rakyat now had a new platform to forward their views which they might have found it hard to do so under a political party.
Haji Awang Puasa meanwhile described the response to Amanah in Tuaran, Sulaman, Tamparuli and Kiulu as good with more people coming forward each day to be registered as members.
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