Undersea cable to light up lives of folks on Nunuyan island, Sandakan


KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Musa Aman has assured islanders at Nunuyan, off Sandakan, that the government was working towards providing them electricity supply from the mainland via an undersea cable.

Visiting the island, which is a 20-minute boat ride from Sandakan town today, he said the state was also concerned about the safety of the islanders and was discussing the matter with Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) officials.

“We know there is more to be done for the folk of Nunuyan,” he said, adding that fishermen on the island had been provided a new jetty while islanders had been using a new mosque as well.

On the security situation in Sabah’s east coast, he said this had improved tremendously in recent years and this was largely due to the deployment of more security assets in the area.

“We have the prime minister to thank for this as he has made security on the east coast a priority,” Musa added.

He said Barisan Nasional had a proven track record of bringing development that benefited people in towns, villages and islands.

Musa said, on the other hand, the opposition could only make promises their leaders knew they couldn’t fulfil.

“All they are good at is telling fairy tales,” he said, adding that the pattern of behaviour of opposition leaders just before any election was predictable.

“They will suddenly turn up at kampungs, spread their falsehoods and then disappear after the polls,” Musa said, pointing out that BN leaders were constantly on the ground to listen to the problems of the people.

He hoped the people were aware of opposition tactics and would not fall prey to them.

Musa said he was confident Nunuyan would remain a BN stronghold.

During his visit to the island, Musa also attended a briefing at BN’s district polling centre there and later presented school bags and supplies to 241 students from the island.

He also handed over wheelchairs to 30 senior citizens of the island, that is part of his Sungai Sibuga state constituency.

Among those present at the event was Juslie Ajirol, the MP for the Libaran parliamentary seat that encompasses the Sungai Sibuga and Gum Gum state constituencies.