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Third phase of PH manifesto
Published on: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sandakan: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sabah announced its third phase of election manifesto here, highlighting the 10 Promises for one term if they were given the mandate by the rakyat in this coming General Election. PH Sabah Policy Director-cum- DAP Sabah Secretary, Chan Foong Hin, launched the ultimate version of the PH Sabah Manifesto.

He pointed out that the PH Sabah Manifesto is crafted based on five thrusts, including (i) the right to territorial government and peoples' leadership, (ii) the right to petroleum and revenue justice, (iii) the right to basic infrastructure development and equitable industries, (iv) the right to quality education and (v) the right to equitable economic development and the empowerment of youth, women and minorities.

The third phase of PH Sabah Manifesto is about the 10 promises made to the people of Sabah.

Should they form the coalition government with Warisan, They would implement the following policies:

1. Power Sharing in Federation

2. Sabah Government Institutional Reform

3. Quality Basic Infrastructure Development

4. Respecting Customary Land Rights and Reviewing Exploration Scheme

5. Sabah Development Vision as Far East Hub

6. 100,000 Job Opportunities

7. 30,000 Affordable Housing

8. Creating Welfare State

9. Sustainable Development

10. Safeguarding and Strengthening Regional Relations

Among the 10 promises, Chan felt that Sabah Government Institutional Reform has to be prioritised.

"Now, at a time when Malaysia is facing with corruption, malfeasance and kleptocratic crisis like never before, PH Sabah aspired to limit the Sabah Chief Minister's tenure to two terms and not allowing the Chief Minister to hold any other senior ministerial post.

"Besides, people's representatives are prohibited from engaging in businesses.

"We also uphold the principle of good governance, including empowering local democracy, re-vamp Yayasan Sabah Group, adopt open tender in government project procurement process and re-negotiate all concessions that are not favourable to the Sabah Government," he said.

Chan said PH Sabah also aspired to create a welfare state for the benefits of people in Sabah as Sabah is among the poorest state in Malaysia.

In order to provide confidence in facing the challenges of life, he said PH Sabah promised to offer various welfare schemes, including RM200 for every new born child; RM2,500 for deceased senior citizen to assist in burial expenses; RM200/year for seniors aged over 60 years in recognition of their contributions; RM240/year for rural children to attend school to reduce the "school drop-out" rates and RM2000 marriage allowance for every newly married couple.

"If the PH could ruled Selangor state government with a RM3 billion annual budget and could offer more than 40 welfare schemes to the people, why couldn't Sabah do the same to help the people by reducing their burden?

"The manifesto also emphasises on recognising the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), by forming a Cabinet Special Committee to implement Sabah rights in accordance with MA63.

"For the illegal immigrants issues, PH will seek a fair settlement of the issues, including cleaning up the voters' list by proposing to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Committee," Chan said.

In addition, he said the manifesto indicates the devolution of powers from Federal Government to the Sabah Government for the benefits of all Sabahans.

To achieve the purpose of financial resources sharing, he said the devolution of powers will cover seven specific areas such as trade and commerce, communication and transport, electricity, education, health, tourism, labour and social security.

Also present at the Pakatan Harapan organised 'Ceramah Perdana Harapan' were Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (PH Deputy President), Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (Parti Warisan Sabah President), Christina Liew (PH Sabah Chairperson), Stephen Wong (DAP Sabah Chairman), Hamzah Abdullah (Amanah Sabah Chief) and Teng Chang Kim (incumbent Selangor Senior Exco), among others.


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