Published on: Friday, December 27, 2013
Keningau: Star Sabah Chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said it will not be surprising if the suspects involved in the recent Pulau Pom Pom kidnapping of a Taiwanese tourist and those who took part in invading Tanduo, early this year, were in possession of MyKads.
"I simply cannot comprehend why the government was unable to address the case quickly despite already knowing about it. Similarly the recent case in Pom Pom Island, even though there is a security post less than one kilometre away, the incident can still happen," he said.
Jeffrey, who is also Bingkor Assemblyman, claimed it was an open secret that the Suluk intruders were holding MyKads or otherwise some of them would not have been buried in Keningau.
On another note, Jeffrey claimed the BN Government was now affecting the people in his constituency for supporting the opposition in the last General Election.
"All allocations meant for this constituency were blocked and the area was blacklisted. Just as what had happened before under Upko Assemblyman Datuk Justin Guka, no allocation reached the area to repair the mini community hall, bus station and many more even though Bingkor is under P.180 Keningau.
"The relevant authority said that Bingkor was allocated RM1 million to improve and develop the area. At that time, former Assemblyman Datuk John Angian made inquiries about the money and even asked the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the matter but it fell on deaf ears," he said.
Jeffrey also accused the government of not listening to the voice of the people in Bingkor and Apin Apin by appointing community leaders who never even set foot there. Recently, two Chinese kapitan from Tenom and Keningau were appointed to represent the Chinese community.
"In Apin Apin and Bingkor, there are not even 20 Chinese people but they have two Kapitans who do nothing," he said.
Jeffrey also said residents from 32 villages in his constituency continue to oppose the proposed RM235 million water treatment project in Ulu Taman Bandukan which is situated about 3km from Taman Bandukan.
He said he had visited the site more than four times already and had voiced the people's suggestion to relocate the project to Ulu Bandukan.
Meanwhile, Star Keningau liaison officer Henry Fung denied allegations that Jeffrey was involved in all the problems suffered by the people in Bingkor.
He also called for the resignation of Keningau MP Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan because Pairin is still holding a grudge against the Bingkor Assemblyman who abandoned PBS during political turmoil in the 90s.
Pairin visited Apin Apin in May last year during Harvest Festival where he allegedly told the people that he did not receive any application to repair the rundown facilities in the area as the reason why the facilities were left as they were year in year out.
The statement was denied by Pekan Api Api JKKK chairman Vincent Leonardus who said he had repeatedly applied for allocation to repair the infrastructure and sent numerous letters but did not receive a single reply from the relevant authorities.