Published on: Sunday, November 11, 2012
KIMANIS: Sabahans should reject opposition parties, particularly the Pakatan Rakyat (PR), as the aims and objectives in its 'Orange Book' are primarily focused on the peninsula's wellbeing and development.
United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok (pic) said the issues put up by the opposition are only good for areas outside Sabah.
"For example, the promises and pledges mentioned in the opposition's 'Orange Book' have nothing to do with us (in Sabah)Éonly good for them in the peninsula," he said.
"Apart from that, the opposition wants to get rid of all the tolls on the highways in the peninsula and because of that, billions of ringgit have to be paid to concessionaires so as to compensate the toll operators.
If this proposal is implemented, this will be very unfair to other states (including Sabah) that require the money for physical development," he said. Dompok, who is also Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, said this to reporters after officiating at the Kimanis Upko Convention 2012 at the residence of Kimanis Upko Divisional Chief, Tailin Mainan, in Kg Langkawit, here, Saturday.
Also present were Upko Vice-President cum Beaufort Upko President Datuk Wences Angang, Upko Vice-President Datuk Ewon Ebin, Upko Vice-President Datuk Bobbey A. Suan, Upko Information Chief Datuk Donald Mojuntin, Treasurer-General Datuk Marcus Mojigoh, Foreign Minister cum Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, Kimanis Umno Youth Chief Mohamad Alamin, Anifah's Political Secretary Datuk Norhaidi Che Dan and Kimanis community leaders, among others.
On whether the Federal Government will continue with the payment of tolls, Dompok said there is no reason to take away the tolls as they are meant for people who can afford to pay and willing to pay in order to have good roads.
He said Sabahans should continue to give full support and vote for the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government in the coming 13th General Election so that the government transformation programmes can be continued to benefit the people.
"I think the BN Government is doing a transformation programme on the whole economy Éand, thus, this means that there are things we need to do in order to transform the country.
"For example, we need more infrastructures in Sabah so that the economy will develop and be transformed that could uplift the living standard of the people," he said.
Meanwhile, Tailin said the delegates passed three motions in the convention - first to ask the Government to invoke provision on six nominated assemblymen in the State Legislative Assembly and to elect minorities into the House.
Secondly, he said they want the Government to be fair in the appointment of community leaders like Native Chiefs in Kimanis where this post is monopolised by Umno when there are many Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) people here.
Thirdly, Tailin said they called on the BN leadership to have a new electoral boundary in Kimanis so that Upko can be given a seat to field its candidate.
He said the division also pledged to give full support to the leadership of Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman here and to work hard for any BN candidate to win in coming general election.