KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice-president Datuk Herbert T Lagadan yesterday reminded federal leaders not to take Sabah’s ‘fixed deposit’ status for granted.Doing so could be detrimental to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) future in the state, especially with the impending 13th general election, the Kadamaian assemblyman warned.
Herbert in a statement said that Sabah’s political history had shown that when the people’s requests for issues to be resolved are ignored by leaders in the federal government, they retaliate by not voting for the governing party.
Herbert’s view was that in the past, the shout of Berjaya then did not materialize into winning votes for the party although the state’s leaders at that time were confident of a landslide victory.
In the past, the people of Sabah were not angry with Berjaya leaders per se but their anger was directed towards the perceived federal government’s unfriendly dealing with Sabah leaders, he opined.
“Let’s not be deluded and over confident by the shout of ‘Hidup BN’ in every big gathering as the people of Sabah are scrutinizing the sincerity of the federal leaders in dealing with every issue and interest concerning the state,” he stressed. And one of the pressing issues is the illegal immigrants problem in Sabah which has yet to be resolved by the federal government, he said.
The federal government must therefore act urgently to officially form the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the presence of illegal immigrants in Sabah before the 13th general election so that the public do not doubt the government’s sincerity in resolving the matter, he pointed out.
According to Herbert, public sentiment was that it was as if the federal government was playing ‘hide and seek’ with regards to this important issue.
“PBS on its part has again in recent days resubmitted its memorandum to the federal government to demand for the RCI to be formally formed urgently as the delay in its formation is raising the anger of the electorates.“The political scenario in Sabah is apparently becoming more complex and unpredictable among the native voters. They are becoming more and more quiet in their subdued anger towards various unresolved issues.“When we look at the political scenario in the past, the voters were very unpredictable when the people became quiet,” he said.
Herbert also raised the issue of promises made in the last election.“Let me ask the federal leaders how much of the promised 30km road radius from the state’s township have been implemented after the last election? The people are demanding through their elected representatives but with no response.
“The BN leaders demanded for the RCI but with no response. How long must the people have to wait for any good response from KL? The fixed deposit status for Sabah cannot be taken for granted. Perhaps Sabah has now been downgraded to overdraft status?” Herbert said.
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