BY BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – Bingkor lawmaker said it is not true that elected opposition representatives are reluctant to ask the government to provide development or solve problems in their areas, that deprives the people of benefits.
Tt is the Sabah Barisan Nasional government, including the Chief Minister himself, who deliberately do not respond to these requests simply because it was made by opposition representatives,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan.
Dr Jeffrey, who is also STAR Sabah chief, said it is sad that BN leaders have to continue with lies and deception to fool ordinary Malaysians especially the rural poor that only the Barisan Nasional can bring about development for their constituencies.
But it is fortunate that the rakyat are no longer fools to be duped time and again by the BN leaders,” he said in a statement Thursday.
“They are fully aware that development is the responsibility of the government of the day, which is currently the BN government and not the opposition.
Dr Jeffrey said this in response to the political speech of the Chief Minister while in Pagalungan, Pensiangan on Tuseday.
According to Musa, in a report made by the national news agency, Bernama, the government found it difficult to tackle problems faced by areas represented by the opposition due to the refusal of their elected representatives to seek help from the government administered by BN.
“The opposition never come to see me (to ask for help). I don’t know if they don’t want to see me or they are shy. So, it is a loss if an area is represented by the opposition because its elected representative is not efficient in requesting for assistance,” Musa was quoted as saying.
In the State Legislative Assembly, said Dr Jeffrey, the opposition representatives have repeatedly voiced the requests of the rakyat for development, improvement and repairs and maintenance.
“Even, I, myself, have made numerous requests for the government to provide the development and repairs of infrastructure and other facilities which the BN government as the current government has a moral and legal duty to provide.
“These requests are properly recorded in the Assembly proceedings. Unfortunately, they have not been acted upon by the BN government” added Dr. Jeffrey.
In his statement, Dr Jeffrey countered by saying that if one were to traverse the whole of Sabah, it is very obvious that the BN government has failed to properly develop the state.
“Almost everywhere, there is lack of clean treated water, electricity and good roads. Even sealed roads are not properly maintained,” he pointed out.
“Even the Chief Minister in going to Pagalungan, had to travel by helicopter. If he had travelled by road, he would have needed at least about 2 hours by gravel road to reach Pergalungan, and if it had rained, he would have difficulty getting there.
“Along the way he would also have noticed that the Sepulut-Kalabakan highway is in a bad state of repairs even though it was just completed a few years ago.”
He added that the government should respect the demands of the Rakyat through their elected representatives because they represent the voices of the people.
This is in fact the attitude of the government and its leaders to cover up their weaknesses and blame the opposition when the BN government is the one who has failed to properly develop Sabah and making it the poorest State in Malaysia with 40% of all poor Malaysians, he added.
According to Dr Jeffrey, this is proven by the fact that even the rights of Sabah written in the Federal Constitution are totally ignored for the past 50 years including Sabah’s revenue rights for the past 47 years for which our leaders are sworn to protect.
“The ominous signs of the rural people knowing the lies of the BN government are set out in the results of the last elections where the ruling BN government lost the popular votes all the three parliament seats and five of the seven state seats in Pensiangan, Keningau and Tenom
“STAR (Solidariti Tanah Airku) together with its Gabungan Sabah (USA) partners and other opposition parties are confident that the people are aware of their options in the coming elections .
“And (then under the opposition) it will be a better government for all Malaysians in Sabah, will enjoy better development, infrastructure and facilities than the current BN government.”