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Yahya questions rationale of six CMs proposal
Published on: Friday, February 09, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Opposition Parti Kebangsaan Sabah's proposal for Sabah to have a woman as Governor and a Prime Minister who will be assisted by six Chief Ministers is amusing, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin.

Saying one Chief Minister is sufficient, Yahya, who is also Sabah Umno Liaison Secretary, questioned the rationale of the proposal and described it as comical.

"It appears amusing to me. To have six Chief Ministers, one Prime Minister and a woman as Governor is something new for Sabah," he told reporters after hosting a luncheon for the media, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, here, Thursday.

He said although the country practises democracy (to allow any political party to make election promises), the people are matured and educated enough to decide what political situation that serves their interest best.

He pointed out that a manifesto should underline how a party would want to serve the people and not promising positions.

"We have to be rational. We can't be funny about things…we must be serious. For us, we offer to serve the people in ways that will ensure we will achieve a developed nation status, and they can have a higher income than what they have now. This is what we're aiming for," he said.

He added that there is no point in having even up to 10 Chief Ministers if the people are living a difficult life.

Yahya was asked to comment on PKS' ambition to change the State Constitution to allow the creation of the posts if it gets the people's mandate to govern the State.

The party has also stated its intention to revert to the former name of North Borneo and Kota Kinabalu being changed to Jesselton.

Its President Thomas Anggan also reportedly said the party would amend the constitution to reinstate Sabah's status as a "negara" but continues to remain in the federation.

On Sabah Barisan Nasional's preparation for the coming general election, Yahya said its election machinery was ready to be activated any time.

However, continuous efforts are being taken to strengthen the various parts down to the grassroots level, said Yahya, who is also Sabah Agriculture and Food Industry Minister. - Leonard Alaza

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