KOTA KINABALU: Maverick politician Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who has been in an out of several political parties, has earned a new moniker: an old song.
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman gave this nickname to the younger brother of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan following Dr Jeffreys move to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
At a recent Keadilan rally at Tambunan, where party advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accepted Dr Jeffreys membership, the gathering also adopted a seven-point agenda on Sabah called the Tambunan Declaration.
Musa said Dr Jeffreys harping on state rights was also an an old tune and an old story that was played previously by opposition parties.
He said the situation had changed under the Barisan Nasional administration and cooperation between Sabah and the Federal Government was currently at its best.
He added that the states various development programmes were being given serious attention.
Whenever we approach the Federal Government for assistance, they take it up and act on it, he told reporters after presenting Hari Raya cakes to the police, navy and army here yesterday.
Musa, who had a buka puasa session with community leaders in Keningau on Sunday, had advised them not to be sidetracked by Dr Jeffreys latest move.
The chief minister said the Barisans focus was for the development of the state, and it has been given a huge RM17bil allocation under the 9th Malaysia Plan.
Asked about accusations that Pairin, who is deputy chief minister and Tambunan assemblyman for the past 30 years, had failed to bring development there, Musa said Tambunan today sees new hospitals and schools, among other things.
PBS deputy president Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili accused Dr Jeffrey of rehashing old opposition issues but was confident the people knew the type of person that he was.