KOTA KINABALU: Give the Pakatan Harapan government at least a term before deciding whether the new government coalition has done a good or bad job, says Datuk Christina Liew (pic).
The Sabah Deputy Chief Minister said it has only been a year that the new government took the helm of Malaysia’s administration, and would be unfair to say that it has let the people down.
“It is only fair to at least give us a term to prove ourselves, we in Sabah are working very hard to bring more development, to help the people and deliver what has been promised,” she said Thursday (May 9).
She said this in response to Kota Kinabalu Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KKCCCI) president Datuk Michael Lui’s statement urging the Pakatan government to pick up the pace in implementing development programmes and accelerating economic growth.
Lui said Pakatan’s governance could be evaluated from several aspects, including the people’s level of satisfaction towards the new administration, improvement in livelihood and cost of living pressures.
He said Pakatan had achieved a landslide victory in GE14 because people wanted a change in government and policies that could make their lives better.
Liew said she understood where the criticisms were coming from, but asked the people to give them time.
“Our Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is working hard to get foreign investors into Sabah and so far, there have been quite a number of positive responses from them,” she said.
She said for tourism, the boost in arrivals of about 9% between January and March this year, compared with the same period in 2018, also showed that the economy was growing.
“There are also multiple new hotels coming up and this itself shows just how much we are moving in terms of development and boosting the economy,” Liew said.
Recognising the need for change as fast as possible due to the people’s impatience, the Sabah PKR chief said the government has no choice but to first settle "problems" left behind by the past government.
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