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‘YB should quit over Ranggu bridge’
Published on: Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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TAWAU: Tawau Umno Division Chief Ghazalie Ansing (pic) said they are puzzled over the “disappearance” of Balung Assemblyman Datuk Haji Osman Haji Jamal, especially now when the Ranggu bridge has become a hot issue in the constituency. 

He said the action of the Balung Assemblyman who asked for the said bridge to be demolished last year has brought much inconvenience to Balung constituents, especially those who live in Ranggu. 

Alleging Osman failed to listen to his constituents and to understand about his constituency, Ghazalie urged him to quit and return the mandate to the people to choose who really deserved to serve the people of Balung. 

Nevertheless, he said Tawau Umno welcomed the move by Chief Minister through the State Finance Ministry to speed up the re-construction of the said bridge. 

Meanwhile, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Central Youth Movement assistant chief publicity officer Lim Ting Khai appealed to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal to intervene and resolve the delay in upgrading the Ranggu Bridge. 

He said residents at Jalan Ranggu were unhappy with the State Government’s inaction in addressing problems pertaining to the construction of the new bridge. 

Although State Assistant Finance Minister Saripuddin Hatta had announced an allocation of RM500,000 to RM 600,000 to build a temporary road, the residents were not in favour of the plan because the alternative route was farther and consumed more fuel. 

“The residents are baffled why construction of the bridge could not be expedited if the government has funds to build the temporary road. 

“Why construction of the bridge yet to commence since December last year? Are there issues with the funding or other reasons?”

Lim claimed the residents were also disappointed with the lack of concern shown by Tawau Member of Parliament Datuk Christina Liew and Balung Assemblyman Datuk Osman Jamal on this issue. 

“In the end, Merotai Assemblyman Saripuddin Hatta had to intervene to resolve the problem even though it was not his constituency.”


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