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PH to act on second DPM post; Sabah CM post
Published on: Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: A Deputy Prime Minister post to represent Sabah and Sarawak if it forms the Federal Government was among highlights reiterated at the unveiling of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) election manifesto, Friday.

The opposition alliance also vowed to limit the length of service of the Sabah Chief Minister to just two terms, besides prohibiting the person in future from holding other senior minister posts.

The manifesto is the first of three to be announced by PH in stages, with the final to be announced after the dissolution of Parliament to make way for the 14th general election. Sabah PH Chairman Christina Liew told a press conference that the intention to create the post of Deputy Prime Minister to represent Sabah and Sarawak regions is actually not new. "When I joined PKR 16 years ago, I remember our president said if the party formed the government it would offer a Deputy Prime Minister's post to Sabah and Sarawak," she said.

When launching the party's manifesto in 2008, state PKR had promised a second Deputy Prime Minister by virtue of it being a partner in the formation of Malaysia.

Christina said the party has never abandoned its struggles for what it believes to be important for the people, including Sabahans. "All the points of what we gather as important needs of the people of Sabah have always been repeated in the manifesto although with some modifications made," she said.

She expressed conviction that the PH manifesto offers a good deal for Sabah which focuses on five core areas which are the rights of the regional governments, rights to petroleum and fair sharing of revenues, rights to basic infrastructure development and land, rights to quality education and equal economic development including capacity of women, youth and minority groups.

Christina pointed out one of the new points added to the current manifesto which was never stated in previous ones is to have 50 per cent of Sabah's revenue contribution to the federal be returned in order to generate economic momentum and meet the region's needs for big allocations for development.

PH also pledged to increase the state's share of the oil revenue from five to 20 per cent.

Also present at the ceremony were PKR President Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Amanah vice president Hassanuddin Mohd Yunus and Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Lim. - Leonard Alaza

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