Brief row on final day of Sabah state assembly sitting

Loretto Padua Jr (left) and Masidi Manjun.

KOTA KINABALU: A brief war of words erupted in the state assembly sitting today when nominated assemblyman Loretto Padua Jr attempted to defend Deputy Chief Minister Wilfred Madius Tangau during the question-and-answer session.

Tangau, who is also Sabah trade and industry minister, had earlier replied to Kuala Penyu assemblyman Limus Jury’s question on incentives given by the government to attract foreign direct investments (FDI) to Sabah, especially from Asean countries.

Karanaan assemblyman Masidi Manjun then questioned the sort of development and achievements Sabah had enjoyed during Tangau’s tenure as a federal minister.

“Don’t promise too much if you can’t (even) do it as a federal minister,” he said.

“What makes you think you can do it in the state? This is not about branding but about the content (of the programmes).”

Padua defended Tangau, saying, “Although he was a minister then, a new policy is currently in place… he will do his best, give him some time.”

Padua also said Masidi’s comments appeared to be a personal attack on Tangau.

Masidi however told Deputy Speaker George Ginibun that Padua had failed to follow the standing orders.

Tangau had earlier said the industrial development ministry in the previous administration managed to attract RM785 million in investments last year, of which FDIs amounted to RM45million.

“We will also continue with the Pan Borneo Highway and the Sepanggar Bay container port infrastructure developments,” he said.