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'Deliberate act by opposition for cheap publicity'

Published on: Monday, July 07, 2014

Beaufort: Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) Information Chief, Datuk Sapawi Ahmad, described the opposition's move to file a motion of no-confidence against Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman because of kidnapping incidents in the State's East Coast as "a deliberate act for cheap publicity."

He said it was a lame excuse to use security issues to table such motion against the Chief Minister.

"Although Musa is the Sabah Security Committee Chairman, he should not be totally blamed as far as security in the State is concerned because the issue is complex and needs a proper and thorough preparation as well as full cooperation from all quarters.

"In fact, the Federal and State governments, through the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom), have implemented various measures to address security issues, including intensifying operations and strengthening security forces along the 1,400km-long Sabah coastline.

"Hence, if this is the reason why the opposition tabled the motion, then I totally believe that the opposition is purposely seeking 'cheap publicity' to discredit Musa and the State Government," he said.

Sapawi, who is also Sipitang MP, said the opposition also needs to consider other factors that must be taken into account such as the strategic location of Sabah and its relations with the concerned neighbouring countries.

He said this to reporters when met after officially opening a new mosque at Kg Karangan in Lumadan and breaking of fast with the Muslim community from nearby villages, here, Saturday.

He also presented cash contributions and dates to more than 40 mosques and suraus in Lumadan constituency and tithe contributions to hardcore poor people, elderly and special people.

Sapawi, who is also Sabah Umno Information Chief, was commenting on the move by the opposition in Sabah to file the motion against Musa over alleged failure of Esscom in safeguarding security in the East Coast of Sabah following a number of kidnapping incidents.

It was reported that the opposition had submitted the motion and other applications, including calling for an emergency motion to discuss on the request for an increase in the oil royalty to Sabah from five per cent to 20 per cent.

Lajim, who was represented by several Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblymen, submitted the motion and other applications to the State Legislative Secretariat on Thursday.

The opposition said the seemingly unabated incidents had greatly affected the State's economy with the tourism sector being hit the most.