Don’t deny existence of problems aired over social media says former Sabah CM

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Yong Teck Lee has urged the Sabah state government to resolve the problems highlighted by citizens on social media instead of denying they exist.

The former chief minister of Sabah said the problem of potholes along the 100km Telupid-Sandakan stretch is real and current and is posing a serious danger to motorist as well causing damage to their vehicles.

Yong, who is Sabah Progressive Party president, said this when responding to Parti Warisan Sabah communications director Honorsius Alfred Bosuin’s statement that a smear campaign on social media aims to undermine public confidence in the state government.

Yong said that he travelled by road from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu on Jan 31, and back from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu on Feb 5.

“Along the Sandakan-Telupid stretch, the road condition is worse than what has been shown in WhatsApp photos.

“Vehicles trying to avoid the big potholes also had to avoid other vehicles. My double cab boot has loosened after the return trip,” Yong said on Thursday (Feb 7).

He said it is obvious people are angered by the road’s condition and that the state government’s statement that it would be repaired before Chinese New Year did not materialise.

“The case of poor road conditions is real. It is best that the government sorts out problems instead of denying that they exist,” he said, adding that even the rubbish floating at the Jesselton Point jetty is real.

On Wednesday (Feb 6), Honorsius said that a negative social media campaign engineered by opposition cyber troopers is aimed at creating "hate or anger" against the new government by highlighting fake or rehashed old stories of alleged corruption and failures to resolve people's problems in Sabah.

He quoted the example of the Telupid- Sandakan road as well as rubbish at the Jesselton Point jetty as examples of stories spread through social media during the Chinese New Year season.

"Many of the issues have been addressed or are being resolved. These are problems we inherited from the Barisan Nasional government, and some of the issues will take a bit more time to resolve," Honorsius had said on Wednesday (Feb 6).