Musa Slammed For Innuendos; Come Out With White Paper On Water Scam

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Musa, right, and his deputy, Pairin Kitingan who is also Infrastructure Development minister that oversees the Water Department.

STATEMENT: The Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman (was just) irresponsible in the manner as the executive head of the Sabah Government when answering the supplementary question forwarded by Wilfred Bumburing (PCS-Tamparuli) on Tuesday at the Sabah State Assembly.

As innuendoes over former minister, Shafie Apdal (and his ministry) has been mentioned in a cowardly manner under the full privilege of the State Assembly, I am compelled to reply in the interim (until the hansard and video of Musa Aman’s speech is in our hands).

Based on what was published in the news report, (online and mainstream) I hereby challenge Musa Aman to repeat in public, and not to hide under the house privileges, over the same innuendoes and allegations made on Shafie Apdal and his former ministry.

Is his intention to say it in the august house purely political?

It will be assumed to be so until he repeat his allegations in public and not under the house’s privileges.

On his allegation that Shafie Apdal or/and his ministry never consulted him over projects undertaken by KKLW in Sabah, but instead deals directly instead with the respective State agencies, I would like to know from Musa Aman as to who actually appointed the Engineers, the Deputy Director and the Director.

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Shafie, left, had said previously he does not know the top officials in the Sabah Water Department.

Is it not the State Government itself?

So if the State Government itself appoints these office bearers in Jabatan Air Negeri Sabah, then why did they not brief the State Government, the Minister in charge or even Musa Aman himself?

How on earth did such an abuse happen with so much shortcomings and even possible failure in the chain of command in the State Civil Service?

As the executive head of the Government of Sabah, Musa Aman had all the power and rights to call the engineers, deputy director and director for detailed briefings.

Does this not show the failure of the State administration in whereby a huge abuse and corruption such as this to have been going on by the Jabatan Air Sabah by the very same people which the State Government itself had appointed?

As such, it is also totally uncalled for, for Musa Aman to blame the Federal Government for the said scandal.

As a responsible Chief Minister, he must now proceed with a ‘white paper’ report on this abuse by the State’s Water Department as a commitment to all that he is serious in combating corruption within the state level agencies and department.

Perhaps there are some more abuses or corruption happening within other state agencies or departments which we don’t know.

But the people of Sabah have been a good payee of taxes, duties, GST and tariffs so it is only apt for the BN-led State Government to assure the public that they can be trusted by producing the white paper.

Christopher Masudal
Christopher Masudal

I believe that there is only one thing certain in the scandal. This only proves that our State Government has no autonomy, even in a State Civil Service, when as alleged; a Federal ministry could easily bypass the Chief Minister.

CHRISTOPHER MASUDAL
Special Officer to Darell Leiking
Member of Parliament – Penampang
Deputy President, WARISAN

They call this the “healing well” as people claim that by drinking the water or taking a shower with water from this well, those with sicknesses can be healed. It has never been proven though. The well, which is said to have never run dry, can be found in Kampung Tempurong, Kuala Penyu. - Photo credit MySabah
They call this the “healing well” as people claim that by drinking the water or taking a shower with water from this well, those with sicknesses can be healed. It has never been proven though. The well, which is said to have never run dry, can be found in Kampung Tempurong, Kuala Penyu. In many places in rural Sabah, people still depend on well water, the rain, or gravity feed water supply for their daily needs. – Photo credit MySabah.com