Don’t shoot me just yet, says ‘non-Sabahan’ Sandakan council chief

KOTA KINABALU: Sarawakian Peter Hii, whose appointment as the head of a local council in Sabah drew criticism, has urged critics to judge him based on his performance.

He said while he welcomed the criticisms against him, it was too early and unfair to pass judgments on him.

“If I have failed to carry out my duties and responsibilities, if I have not turned Sandakan into a booming municipality in the state, if I’ve not brought investments to our beloved town, then I am ready to be placed in a shooting range,” he said in a statement.

Hii, who has been appointed as president of the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS), said “nasty” attacks on him would not discourage him from bringing changes to the council.

“All those harsh criticism makes me all the more resolute to carry out my responsibilities to the best of my capability,” he said, adding that he wanted to restore Sandakan’s glory days when it was known as “Little Hong Kong”.

Hii’s appointment drew flak from the opposition who questioned why a Sarawak-born was named as the president of a local council in Sabah.

Hii has lived in Sandakan since 1969, when he was only 17, and received his permanent residency in 1978. He was a member of MPS from 1988 to 1990 and 1991 to 1994.

He said Sandakan’s economy had been sluggish, adding that the council under him would facilitate investments with the help of the state government.

“There are certain areas that I am looking at to create an environment for the development of industries that could boost our local economy as well as bring the much-needed job opportunities for our youth.

“I assure that proactive steps would be taken to spur the local economy and bring high-end development,” he added.