Oleh Chris Maskilone
KOTA MARUDU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) reminded the Pakatan Harapan and Parti Warisan Sabah-led governments to stop playing with the blaming game and instead start working on fulfilling their promises.
“Seven months into power, and we hardly see any positive changes in the ‘new’ Malaysia, which is contrary to the juicy promises in the PH and Warisan’s election manifestos.
“Leaders from the current ruling governments keep blaming the Barisan Nasional administration for poor governance, yet the so-called ‘new’ Malaysia remained the same.
“As if these leaders are just good at playing the pointing fingers game. It’s time to walk their talk, so Malaysia can progress,” said PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.
Ongkili claimed that since the new government took over, the country’s economic growth had slowed down, affecting the people’s wellbeing.
“In Sabah, for instance, the poor economic situation in many major towns are felt, with high end restaurants feeling the pinch the most, due to lesser customers frequenting such outlets. People prefer normal eateries, but yet complain that food and beverages are becoming too expensive.
“People are not spending, business volume is low, purchasing and selling power is poor. There have been no new investments and even tourists arrivals had gone down.
“And the recent kidnapping attempts in the east coast of Sabah do not paint a good picture for our tourism sector,” he noted.
Stressing these in his New Year message during the Christmas and New Year Open House, hosted by the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament at Walai Bunsadan, here on Sunday and again at the PBS Tandek division meeting today, he said the current government must beef up their efforts to ensure the people do not suffer longer.
“PBS desire a better Malaysia in all fronts, be it for better economy, administration, security, unity and prosperity, espoused in the goals and promises by the PH and Warisan-led governments.
“But unfortunately, they have not shown anything for us to to be grateful for in the political scene since coming into power last May,” he said.
He said PBS had placed its concerns on five main issues namely the promises as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), the large presence of illegal immigrants, better security, improved economy and wellbeing of the people.
“Our stand is clear, we will support the government’s work that benefits the people, but will be very critical the opposites. Whatever you (government) do today will be vetted and judged by the people.
“PBS is committed to fight for the rights of Sabahans as contained in the MA63, be a voice against injustices and the intrusion of foreigners, and defend dignity and basic needs of the people,” he said. -SabahNewsToday