People’s problems highlighted on social media are real, says Yong


Datuk Yong Teck Lee

Datuk Yong Teck Lee

KOTA KINABALU: The state government should resolve problems highlighted by the people on social media instead of denying that such concerns exist, former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee (pic) said.

He cited the example of potholes along the 100km Telupid-Sandakan stretch that were posing a danger to motorists as well as damaging their vehicles.

Yong, who is Sabah Progressive Party president, was referring to Parti Warisan Sabah’s communications director Honorsius Alfred Bosuin’s statement that there was a subtle smear campaign on social media to undermine public confidence in the state government.

“I travelled by road from Kota Kinabalu to Lahad Datu on Jan 31, and back from Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu on Feb 5,” he said, adding that he found that the Sandakan-Telupid stretch was in poor condition.

“Vehicles that were trying to avoid the big potholes also had to avoid other vehicles.

“My fitted-on boot (on a double cabin four-wheel-drive) came loose after the return trip,” he said.

“The problem about the poor road condition is real.

“It is best that the government sort them out instead of denying that the problems exist,” added Yong yesterday.

Another “real” problem, he said, was the amount of rubbish floating at the Jesselton Point jetty.

On Wednesday, Honorsius said that the negative social media campaign engineered by opposition cybertroopers was aimed at creating “hate or anger” against the Sabah government.

He claimed that the campaign had highlighted fake or rehashed stories of alleged corruption and failures to resolve people’s problems in Sabah.

He cited the Telupid-Sandakan road as well as the rubbish found at the Jesselton Point jetty as examples of stories being spread on social media.

“Many of the issues have been addressed or are being resolved. These are problems we inherited from the Barisan Nasional government. Some of the issues will take a bit more time to resolve,” said Honorsius.

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