KOTA KINABALU: Umno has accused Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and his state government of ruining Sabah’s economy, in the wake of statistics showing that the state’s GDP fell 6.7% in less than a year.
Sabah Umno Youth chief Aziz Julkarnain told FMT he was devastated by what the ruling Warisan had done to the state economy.
In 2017, Sabah recorded the highest GDP growth in the country at 8.2% under the Barisan Nasional government led by Musa Aman, he said.
“We enjoyed prosperity in terms of socio-economic development growth. No one hesitated to spend money because businesses were thriving.
“But now, we have fallen hard. Everything is moving backwards. Every day I hear people complaining about the economy. There is no business and shops are closing down, while the unemployment rate keeps rising.
“This scenario was reflected in the latest economic statistics that showed Sabah has recorded its worst GDP growth ever at 1.5%, the lowest in the country, while our unemployment rate is also one of the worst at 5.8%,” he said.
Aziz was commenting on the State Socioeconomic Report 2018 published by the Statistics Department late last month.
He also accused the Warisan-led state government of demonstrating its lack of direction amid Shafie’s insistence that he is a victim of corruption and mishandling of funds by the previous government.