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Lajim promises airport in Sook, rail extension
Published on: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Keningau: Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah made an early election promise by announcing that it would build an airport in Sook if the party wins in the coming general election.

Its President Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin said the airport would serve the needs of the people in the interior.

He also promised to extend the train service from Tenom all the way to Tawau, passing Keningau, Sook and Nabawan.

Expressing confidence in winning big in the coming election, the former Umno Minister said his new party aims to transform the lives of the people, especially the poor in the rural areas.

"I urge the people to support us. I left Umno after realising that the party was no longer working to improve the lives of the people. So I formed this party in the hope of forming a new government for the better future of the people," he said.

He said he joined Umno in 1994 to ensure that the Malay-based party finds a firm footing in Sabah only to be left disillusioned years later leading to his departure.

He hinted that more former Umno supporters would join his party, following the footstep of local leaders such as Ayang Gandawai who has been appointed as deputy chief of the party for the Pensiangan parliamentary constituency.

Ayang, he said, was with Umno Keningau from 1992 to 2016.

Lajim also said he has seen how much people are longing for change, especially after getting continuous complaints from the people about how their lives have been difficult under the Barisan Nasional government.

He pointed out that one of the main causes of the people's unhappiness is because wealth has not been fairly distributed among Sabahans.

Citing an example of the multi-billion ringgit Pan Borneo Highway Project, Lajim claimed only a small number of contractors would benefit from it while the majority would only get the crumbs, or even no opportunity at all.

Meanwhile, Ayang accused the ruling government of being too arrogant and aloof to understand the sufferings of the people. - Uhim Wong

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