KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is not looking down on Sabah’s ability to develop the state on its own, Sabah PPBM Youth chief Fairuz Renddan said today.
He added that Muhyiddin has not been insensitive towards the aspirations of the people of Sabah as claimed by Warisan women’s chief Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.
“The state government has the right to plan and implement whatever development programme for its people using the resources it has.
“This is an undeniable fact. It is the responsibility of the state government to do so for its people,” he said in a statement here today.
Fairuz added that being aware of Sabah’s enormous resources, the prime minister has never underestimated the state’s capabilities to implement its own development.
He was responding to a statement by Munirah, whom he said had wrongly claimed that Muhyiddin doubted that the state could develop on its own.
In a statement yesterday, the Kota Belud MP had criticised Muhyiddin for having been insensitive and against the aspirations of Sabahans. She said Sabahans wanted true independence where the state had the power to chart its path and development.
“If he (Muhyiddin) is sincere and understands the struggle of Sabahans, he should have come to tell us that it is time that Sabahans are given back our rights as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963, especially in the equal distribution of allocations between Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya,” she said.
In response, Fairuz said this was Munirah’s personal views and did not represent the voice of Sabahans.
“The remarks by Munirah also showed that Warisan is feeling threatened and is losing influence since PPBM set foot in Sabah.
“The federal government has never prevented any state government from deciding on its own direction and development including Sabah as it is the right of the respective state governments.
“Plus, Munirah was once a federal deputy minister and she should be aware of the authority that belongs to the state and federal governments, respectively,” he said.
“Did the state government at that time (during Pakatan Harapan’s reign) not have the freedom to decide on its own direction and development because it was undermined by parties that administered the federal government,” he asked.