Pairin, Max failed to safeguard Sabahan interests

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

By Victor Ma

TAWAU: Sabah DAP has called for the resignation of both the deputy Chief Minister of Sabah Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, the Federal Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, for allegedly failing to protect the interest of Sabah people.

Urging this was its Publicity Secretary Chan Foong Hin (photo), while responding to the hike in power tariff for Sabah, as announced by Dr Maximus on Tuesday.

Chan stressed that Sabahan leaders should be more sensitive and considerate towards the plights of the people and act accordingly by making good use of the power bestowed to them.

“In this respect, I am calling on Pairin, the current deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Infrastructure Development as well as Maximus, the Federal Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, to seriously consider their role as Sabahan leaders on a few currents issues such as the price hike of utilities and their effect on the people of Sabah.

“Should they be unable to fulfil the wishes of the people, they should consider my proposal that both resign from their current portfolios for their dismal failure in representing Sabahans who voted them into office,” he said.

The Sri Tanjong Assemblyman lamented that apart from having to pay a much higher rate for the goods, services and basic infrastructure, Sabahans also have to settle for a lower income as compared to their counterparts in Peninsular Malaysia.

He thus expressed regret that none of the Sabah leaders in the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) has voiced their objection on the series of price hikes of petrol, sugar and now electricity tariff.

“It is indeed sad to see that both leaders (Pairin and Dr Maximus) choose to `close one eye’ on the dismay performance of the Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (SESB) but readily agree to the increase of tariff without any form of objection while power failures continue as usual,” he said.

He opined that although there has been slight improvement in the power supply of the state, it still does not warrant a tariff hike, especially citing that the SESB performance is still far from its target of 450 SAIDI, as announced by Dr Maximus a few months back.

Chan thus reiterated that the TNB/SESB should first improve their performance before implementing the tariff hike.

He also opined that consumers have the right not to pay for a poor service.

Touching on the imminent implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) in less than two years, Chan noted that the BN candidates had conveniently avoided the issue in the last general election, just six months ago.

“This has shown that BN candidates were withholding issues from the public in their effort to maximize their vote tally and I would brand it more as lying to the people,” he said.

Borneo Insider


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