KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman today warned of further blows to the state’s economy if Warisan president Shafie Apdal remains in power.
Musa, who is Sungai Sibuga assemblyman, said this was why 32 assemblymen representing every political party had filed for a judicial review leave application over the recent decision by the Sabah governor to dissolve the state assembly.
“The longer Shafie stays in power, Sabah will continue to languish in terms of economic development due to dwindling business activities and lack of foreign direct investments,” he said in a statement.
“It is our sincere hope that the court will allow a judicial review of the governor’s decision to dissolve the Sabah state assembly as we believe he was wrongly advised.”
Musa and the 32 assemblymen are questioning Shafie’s written request on July 29 for Juhar Mahiruddin to dissolve the assembly.
The dissolution paved the way for a snap election, the date of which is expected to be announced by the Election Commission soon.
Meanwhile, Musa said it was shameful that Sabah had been the state with the lowest gross domestic product growth for two consecutive years.
He said Sabah’s growth was the lowest even compared to the poorest state in the country.
“The recent report published in August 2020 by the Statistics Department of Malaysia highlighted that Sabah’s GDP had hit an all-time low of 0.5% in 2019, and is proof that the Shafie-led Warisan faction has failed to develop the state and protect the welfare of the people.”
Adding that unemployment was at 5.8% – the worst in 20 years – he said more than 117,000 Sabahans had been left jobless.
“Simply put, the dismal figures mean that many Sabahans have lost their jobs, are receiving no income, and are struggling with their families to make ends meet. This is simply not acceptable.”
Musa, who led Sabah through four general elections, said his government had stabilised the local economy and brought it to new heights.
Adding that the Warisan-led government had “run down” the economy, destroyed livelihoods and “left a trail of broken promises”, he said the people owed it to themselves and to future generations to make a stand.
He also welcomed the entry of Parti Cinta Sabah, now led by his brother Anifah, into the local political scene.
“In managing politics and administering a government, it is important to welcome as many fresh new talents on board as possible.
“This injection of new blood must be balanced with those who already have the wealth of experience with a proven track record,” he added.
“This will ensure that the younger leaders are able to learn and tap the invaluable experience of the battle-proven elders.”