Opposition is ‘untested material’, says Sabah Deputy CM


PUTATAN: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yahya Hussin has called on the public to vote for the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional because of its proven performance instead of the opposition, which he labelled as “untested material”.

The opposition has been throwing accusations at the Umno-led BN in Sabah which it claimed had not fulfilled promises made during the previous election or fought for the betterment of Sabahans.

The opposition, consisting of standalone parties and a coalition, also criticised the BN as a peninsula-centric coalition that does not have the interests of Sabahans truly at heart.

“Sabah Umno has been campaigning on the field for a long time and we don’t want to talk big but we’re ready for the election,” said Yahya after handing over contributions from the Sabah Zakat Centre and himself as Petagas assemblyman here.

“However, we’re still strengthening our preparations for the election.

“We’ll never be satisfied. We’ll still work hard to meet more voters and get more members.

“We see the opposition going in and out of villages and spreading misinformation, lies and empty promises.

“But I believe the general public will assess these for themselves and see what is wrong and what is right with their claims.

“The people nowadays are not going to be fooled easily because they can see the evidence before them.”

Yahya cited mega projects such as the 2,083km Pan Borneo Highway that connects Sabah and Sarawak as one of the contributions of the ruling coalition to improve Sabahans’ standard of life.

“The Barisan Nasional (BN) has delivered what it promised after every election,” said Yahya.

“I don’t need to list down all the promises that we’ve fulfilled, but for one, the Pan Borneo highway is being built by the government.

“Also we’ve increased the amount of BR1M (Bantuan Rakyat Satu Malaysia) and maintained certain subsidies.”

The opposition has been active wooing supporters. That includes Parti Warisan Sabah, led by former Umno federal minister Shafie Apdal.

Four-party coalition Gabungan Harapan, led by Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin, said it had actively been recruiting members.

It had invited Warisan to join the coalition but this invitation was rejected outright by the party which claimed it was the fastest growing party in the state.

Warisan told FMT the party had almost hit the 100,000-member mark last month with 400,000 more to come as Shafie completes his rounds throughout the state.

This has not flustered BN. “It’s up to them what they want to do. We are not worried,” Yahya said.