KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah governor and chief minister Tun Mustapha Harun’s son has accused Umno of betraying his father’s trust and tearing apart his legacy.
Badaruddin Tun Mustapha said it was ironical that Umno, the party that his father had helped enter into Sabah politics, had plundered the state and reduced its immense wealth and power to a few handouts from the federal government.
He focused his concerns on reports that Chief Minister Musa Aman had allegedly siphoned off millions from Yayasan Sabah, a foundation his father set up in 1966.
“It is disappointing and distressing to see the now Umno-led Barisan Nasional politicians and their cronies supplementing their income with Yayasan Sabah wealth by dipping their dirty hands into this Sabah’s common treasure.
“The fact that Sabah is now the poorest state in Malaysia is proof that they have mismanaged and misappropriated our vast wealth. If this is allowed to continue our children’s future will be bleak,” Badaruddin said.
In a series of exposé complete with documented evidence, online news portal Sarawak Report disclosed deep levels of corruption and mismanagement by Musa and his stable of politicians and business associates since he assumed power in 2003.
Musa has, however, issued a denial.
But Badaruddin is unconvinced. He said he was deeply distressed to find out that the foundation which his father set up for the purpose of uplifting the lives of Sabahans, had failed to fulfil its role.
Yayasan Sabah was supposed to complement and supplement government’s efforts in raising the standard of living of Sabahans, especially those who are hardcore poor and desperate, he said.
Badaruddin is the pro tem president of Usno, which is a member of Jeffrey Kitingan-led United Borneo Alliance (UBA). Both Usno and the State Reform Party (STAR) are members of UBA.
He said that UBA, if elected to helm the state, would put in place a system that would manage Yayasan Sabah in a transparent, professional and efficient manner.
“When this is done I am sure the positive result will astonish the people. We will be able to offer more scholarships and financial assistance to the people of this great state of Sabah and once again make this state the richest in the country.
“When UBA comes to power, I, as the son of the founder of Yayasan Sabah pledge to help turn the Yayasan student loans into scholarships for those who graduated and have worked in any capacity in Sabah,” he said.
Badaruddin said his aim is to ensure that the facility is not abused and to help the students contribute to the state in view of the current PTPTN (National Higher Education Fund Corporation) controversy where students are protesting the BN government’s apparent crackdown on students with PTPTN loans.
The government move followed massive write-off of loans incurred by BN cronies and wastage through corruption amounting to billions of ringgits.
Badaruddin also urged the authorities to investigate allegations made by Sarawak Report in relation to Musa.
The portal reported that Musa allegedly siphoned off massive amounts of money from Yayasan Sabah for the benefit of a few.