‘Don’t leave MA63 job to one person’
Published on: Thursday, December 09, 2021
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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Maximus (left) and Rubin.
Kota Kinabalu: The State Assembly heard that it is not in Sabah’s interests to have only one Sabahan representative in the Federal Cabinet dealing exclusively on matters concerning the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Instead, Kemabong Assemblyman Datuk Rubin Balang said the MA63 should be considered in a shared manner.

“We cannot let only the Minister be the sole representative of Sabah in the committee to examine the MA63 issue, in my opinion. We must work together to address the MA63 issue as soon as possible for the sake of the people of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as our present and future generations,” he said, referring to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Max Ongkili.

Similar reservation was also expressed earlier by Sabah Star President-cum-Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

 On youth development, he requested that the government lay up a plan for the development of youngsters, particularly those from low-income households so that their future is secure.

“Youths should be equipped with a variety of talents, but the government should also provide them with as many opportunities as possible to enter the economic sphere, giving them enough exposure to management and processes, as well as financial capital resources,” he said. 

 In terms of land, he has urged the government to speed up the land surveying process and award land grants, something the Land and Survey Department has not done in many years.

 “The lack of land grants makes it impossible for families to develop their property, which is the economic resource of every family in my area.”

 He also asked the State Ministry of Infrastructure Development to take seriously the residents of Kemabong and Melalap’s request for a connecting road between Kg Enubai and Kg Angalor to be built soon as possible.

 “The Kemabong–Rundum road, which is rarely maintained by the Public Works Department, has caused suffering for teachers and community members who frequent the Jalanraya JKR Kg Bakuku-SK Simpang.

“I urge the Department to act quickly, especially on these two stretches that require immediate attention,’ he said.

Residents in five communities, Pekan Kuala Tomani, Pekan Batu 10 Sg Paal, Kg Paal Sebrang, Kg Ponontomon, and Kg Saga Laut, have been calling for flood mitigation measures as a result of erosion along the Padas River.

“I made the demand earlier this year, and I make the request again today, for the government to take flood mitigation measures owing to Padas River erosion through the Department of Irrigation and Drainage,” he said.

He also demanded that the country bar countries discovered with the Omicron Variant from entering.


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