‘Broken Pledges Is By Far Worse Than Empty Promises’ Musa Aman Reminded

Hanafiah Hj Montoh

LETTER: The Chief Minister can spare himself from embarrassment and save a lot of red faces just by listing out which of the election promises made by the State BN Government under its manifesto issued during the 13th General Election that has been fulfilled. In all there were 16 points.

Matthew Yong

Among others, the Sabah BN’s 16-Point Manifesto (in e-pamphlet format) had promised amongst others, resolving the illegal immigrant problem, enforcement of 20 Points, fighting corruption, solving land issues, consulting with the people in decision making etc etc.

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According to reports in the print media and news portals, Musa who is seen to be on a pre-election campaign trail had said that Sabahans should not believe ‘the party led by a former Federal Minister’ as it makes only empty promises. He could only be referring to Datuk Seri Haji Shafie Apdal, president of Party Warisan Sabah.

Musa’s campaign for ‘Continuity of BN and Not to Change’ as well as his tirade against Warisan, warning Sabahans from being enticed by that party (Warisan) is all but an expected response to the overwhelming support received by Warisan.

But Musa, the Sabah BN chief, must take a look at the mirror before he points fingers accusing others of making empty promises. How can it be an empty promise when Warisan has not yet formed the government.

However, don’t you think that at this stage, an empty promise does not seem so bad as when compared to a broken promise. For that matter many, many promises.

Just to jostle the mind of Musa, and also to give the people a chance to decide what is a broken promise, let us look at the following: –

(1) The elusive pre-GE13 Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Sabah’s illegal Immigrants remain unresolved, and it is obvious that more and more illegal immigrants are entering Sabah despite the fact that powers on barring entry to any non-Sabahans are within the ambit of the State;

How two top ranking civil servants can come into possession of an obscene amount of cash, valuables, land titles and posh vehicles, is just beyond the comprehension of the ordinary Sabahan who have to cope with GST and the ever-rising cost of living. 

(2) Corruption in Sabah have increased multi-fold where even alleged acts of corruption among officials in public office have stunned the people both at home and across the South China Sea. People cannot stop talking of the staggering discovery of millions of Ringgit kept inside the cupboards and draws or in the car boots of officials in public office;

(3) The Land Laws remains oppressive against the people in particular the natives (orang asal) where many remain unsatisfied with the issuance of Communal Titles, and hundreds of court cases involving NCR land are still pending;

(4) Decisions made without consultation with the people include the unpopular Government Service Tax (GST) which has become a regressive tax against the people. And what about the controversial Tanjung Aru Eco Development, which is a more or less a done deal and the so-called public consultation a mere eyewash;

File photo of an artist impression of the highly controversial Tanjung Aru Eco Development. The way it is being bulldozed through by the powers that be, reeks of high-handedness. Where is the consultation with the people in decision making.

(5) Equal Opportunities in the Civil Service remains all but an elusive as there are obvious affirmative push for only a certain demography in the ranks of the Civil Service. Or the repeated re-engagement of service (by extension) of the current State Secretary’s tenure, thereby denying the promotion of deserving Sabahan civil servants.

(6) Terror/criminal acts against Sabah continues (cross border crime such as kidnapping and piracy intrusions of foreign elements in the East Coast of Sabah). Non vetting of people (by the immigration) at the border of Sabah when exiting Labuan (Menumbok/Jesselton Point) remains a problem hence bringing about dangerous elements undetected into Sabah.

(7) Unbridled earth works, hill cutting, the contamination and damage done to the rivers and river life are amongst the hosts of environmental problems which continue to plague Sabah without any action against the culprits and wrong doers;

(8) More than 60,000 young Sabahans are leaving Sabah for job opportunities (blue collar and white collar jobs) to Selangor, Johore, Penang and even Singapore. This is obviously a failed management of our Human Capital. The private sector workers’ minimum salary of RM920 (Sabah and Sarawak) compared to Semenanjung’s RM1,000 is a clear evidence on Musa’s administration for not fighting for better terms for the sake of Sabahans. After all, he only has to whisper in the ears of the Prime Minister;

Road conditions in Sabah’s interior, Kinabatangan, Beluran, and even nearer to the state capital in some parts of Penampang are in deplorable condition; being virtually impassable during bad weather.

(9) The state government had also failed to improve sports as listed in their manifesto. Sabah failed to achieve their 40-gold medal target at the last Malaysia Games (SukMa). The State only secured 25 gold medals. And what about Sabah football which is at an all-time low (in the doldrums so to speak) despite the fact that the Sabah FA being led by Musa since 2009. So much so, Sabah football has become the laughing stocks to football enthusiasts. Deadwood cannot seem to let go the positions they hold in the FA, an important factor overlooked by Musa.

(10) Many village roads remain unsealed (just gravel with the cover of asphalt; an apparent lack of secondary schools, sufficient treated water (not the tangki variety) a trademark of the BN and other basic infrastructure in the rural area; and

(11) Oh, what about the 20-Point Agreement.

These are broken promises Musa; promised made by you and your administration but they remain mere words. And you dare accuse an up and coming party of making empty promises. Warisan may make promises now but when it forms the government next, the people can be rest assured that it shall not remain just sweet words or promises made on paper.

Everyone knows that Warisan has yet to take over the reins of Government and our promises are just a preview of what we intend to do when the people vote us in.

And so we conclude – Broken promises is by far worse than empty promises. It tantamounts to deceiving the public, the electorate, the people, big time.

  • Hanafiah Hj Montoh is a member of the Warisan Central Wira Youth while Matthew Yong is chairperson, Warisan Election Training Bureau. The views expressed herein are entirely that of the writers concerned and is not necessarily endorsed by BorneoToday.