KOTA KINABALU: A longtime Borneo rights advocate has charged that the Sabah Government, in particular Chief Minister Musa Aman, has not responded to requests from Opposition lawmakers for development aid.
“In the Sabah Legislative Assembly, Opposition members have repeatedly spoken up on the need for development, improvements, repairs and maintenance,” Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan said in a statement.
“The BN, as the current government, has a moral and legal duty to respond,” the Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president said.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey said the suggestions and appeals had not been acted upon by the BN Government.
He warned that the writing is on the wall for BN.
“Its days as the state government are numbered.
“The government should respect the demands of the rakyat, made through their elected representatives.”
Jeffrey said it was “sad” BN leaders continued with their “lies and deception” to fool the people.
The BN claims the Opposition is unable to bring development.”
He said it was fortunate that the rakyat were “no longer fools to be duped time and again” by BN leaders.
“They are fully aware that development is the responsibility of the government of the day.”
If one were to traverse the whole of Sabah, it is obvious the BN Government has failed to properly develop Sabah, he continued.
“There’s a lack of clean treated water, electricity and good roads. Sealed roads are not properly maintained.”
He cited the Sepulut-Kalabakan highway as an example. “It is in a bad state even though it was just completed a few years ago.”
The rights advocate pointed out that the chief minister had to go to Pagalungan in Pensiangan, by helicopter to attend a function earlier this week.
“If he had travelled by road, it would have taken him at least two hours to reach Pergalungan. If it had rained, he would have difficulty getting there on the gravel road.”
The BN Government has failed to properly develop Sabah, he summed up.
“It’s the poorest state in Malaysia with 40 per cent of the poor in the country.”
Even Sabah rights, written in the Federal Constitution, have been totally ignored for the past 50 years, he said.
“This includes Sabah’s revenue rights for the past 47 years.”