By GM THOMAS
KOTA KINABALU: Warisan and Pakatan Harapan leaders in Sabah should remain focused on delivering promises to the people while ignoring the opposition slander campaign against the ruling state government.
“We must continue to work for the people. They are the most important in our agenda,” Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal said when appointing 19 political secretaries for 11 state ministers here Wednesday (Oct 10).
“We cannot stop doing what is right for the people just because the opposition tries to spread slander against us,” he said.
Shafie said that the opposition would continue to spread lies like the government was giving out MyKad to foreigners, when in actual fact such efforts were focused on helping Malaysian mothers or fathers whose children do not even have an identity card.
“Do what we have to, come what may. God knows what we are doing. We want to help Sabahans; that is our promise and we must do it,” he said.
He said the Chief Minister of Sabah has a lot of powers and such powers must be used for the good of the people.
“It will be foolish of me not to use these powers for the benefit of the state,” he said.
Meanwhile Bernama quoted Shafie as saying that the political secretaries must understand their roles and responsibilities, be trustworthy and act as the link between the government, the ministers and the people.
He said all political secretaries should also apply their best public relations skills and communicate ethically when representing their respective ministers in meetings and in resolving problems faced by the people.
He also reminded that political secretaries should not only work for their own political parties but should also provide efficient services to the communities in Sabah.
“This appointment (political secretary) is very important for us to ensure (they) are among the key political advisor to the existing minister.
“However, we should not be content with holding the post as we must work hard, and at the same time, take care of our image and assume our responsibilities as best possible,” he said.
Mohd Shafie also advised the political secretaries to stay away from corruption.
He said he did not want them to be thinking of projects and money and ignoring the people’s needs.
“I will not protect anyone involved (in corruption) because it does not only tarnish the name of the ministry but also the government. Hence be clean, efficient and trustworthy,” he said.
At the ceremony the political secretaries to Sabah Cabinet ministers took their oath before Shafie headed by the chief political secretary for the Chief Minister’s Department, Datuk Mohd Hisham Abd Fattah.
Among those who took the oath were three political secretaries to the Chief Minister namely Pg Roslan Pg Nasrun; Adzhar Jasni @ Eddy and Paul Kerangkas; as well as political secretary to the Finance Minister, Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas and Nicholas Chak Wah Cheun;
Also sworn in were political secretaries to Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry, Albert Alex Bingkasan and Joisin Romut; Raymond Ahuar and Lee Mer Peng (political secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and Sabah Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment); as well as Zulkiflee Allani and Ali Jainal (political secretary to Deputy Chief Minister and Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister).
Others who took the oath were Jatil Junggok political secretary to Sabah Infrastructure Development Minister; Phoong Jin Zhe (political secretary to Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing); Utuh@ Rakam Sijim (political secretary to Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister); Rapahi Edris (political secretary to Sabah Education and Innovation Minister); Carlyle Lajimin (political secretary to the Sabah Rural Development Minister); Faizal Julaili (political secretary to Sabah Minister of Law and Native Affairs); as well as Liau Fui Fui as political secretary to Sabah Youth and Sports Minister.
Also present at the ceremony was Sabah State Secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan as well as Cabinet ministers.