KOTA BELUD – A former federal minister came under a verbal barrage by Datuk Seri Musa Aman for not doing anything for the people of Sabah while he was still in the seat of power.
In an obvious reference to former Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Musa described him (Shafie) as only now wanting to ‘change Sabah’ as he was in the opposition and trying hard to drum up support.
“Saya ambil contoh Parlimen Semporna, nama sahaja Semporna tetapi tidak sempurna kerana serba kekurangan,” Musa in his most vociferous attack yet on an opponent said.
(Let me take Semporna as an example, the name only Semporna but the town remains in the doldrums. No development has taken place there all the while).
Musa said for 30 years, first as deputy minister and then as full minister, this (then BN) member of Parliament had failed to bring any development to the state, nor the constituency that he represented.
“Therefore, now that he is in the opposition, when he goes to the kampong and champions that he wants to develop Sabah, all I can say is that it is nothing but a pack of lies as Semporna itself remains to be developed,” Musa said to the delight of his audience.
“People are the witnesses and they know the actual situation (development under the BN government),” he said at a gathering with community leaders during his one-day working visit to the district Monday.
“It’s all political talk; empty promises (cakap tidak serupa bikin). He cannot bring development to his own constituency yet he talks about ‘changing’ Sabah in terms of development.
“I am not trying to belittle him, but it would be better for him to talk less and do more work.”
Musa also told off the opposition in general not to waste their time because the people bear witness to the impressive track record of the Barisan Nasional in helping the rakyat.
Musa who is also Sabah BN chief, stressed that maintaining the mandate of the current state government is important to ensure continuity of developments that had been planned, and are being implemented.
He said the people should not allow themselves to be easily influenced by opposition instigation including by former BN leaders.
“Don’t listen to all those stories about change for Sabah. What we want is continuity of development which is being done by the present leaders.
The chief minister said it was the Sabah government’s priority to see to it that all development plans in the state were carried out smoothly.
Also present at the function were Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
Meanwhile, he was given a briefing on Kota Belud’s development by district officer Gari Itam before visiting Dataran Kota Belud and an exhibition on Security and Integrated Flood Operation Network.
He also visited the People’s Housing Project in Kampung Pirasan and Jelapang Padi Kota Belud site.
Meanwhile, Salleh said the people’s undivided support for the Barisan Nasional government led by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is vital for national development and harmony
He said only the BN could bring the people development and prosperity.
As such, the people must be cautious of the opposition party leaders who made slanderous remarks because of lack of political capital, he said.
“The people in Sabah must remain united and support the Prime Minister and Musa.
“This is because the BN government always exercises mutual respect and works together in resolving problems related to the development of the people,” he said.
Salleh said the people should practise the concept of “one leader” by extending support to government leaders, whether at the federal or state levels, to facilitate the effective implementation of development.
Musa together with members of the State Cabinet looking at a paddy field during their visit to Kampung Sangkir Rice Bowl project in Kota Belud on Monday.
Shafie Apdal was vice president of Umno as well as a senior federal minister until he was dropped from the Cabinet and later removed as vice president.
Shafie who is now president of Parti Warisan Sabah had previously said he had been ‘blocked’ by state leaders whenever he wanted to implement projects for the people.
He said civil servants had also boycotted his functions at the instructions of a more senior personality.