Just move on, Shafie tells critics


KOTA KINABALU: The appointment of a “non-Sabahan” as a nominated assemblyman is a non-issue, and critics should just move on, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Commenting on the backlash following Penang-born Loh Ee Eng’s appointment under DAP’s quota, the Sabah Chief Minister said there was nothing wrong under the state constitution and that Sabah DAP’s suggestion must be respected.

“There will be no review. His name was submitted by DAP under its quota for nominated assemblyman.

“Loh is a Malaysian, who lived in Sabah for a long time, so he is qualified.

“I will know if it is against the constitution or existing rules but there is clearly none under the provisions to stop his appointment.

“So let’s move on and focus more on deve­lopment for Sabah as the way forward,” he said when met during the Hari Raya open house hosted by Sabah Cabinet Ministers and him in Likas yesterday.

Loh, who is a permanent resident of Sabah, had moved here with his parents four decades ago from Penang.

On flood disaster preparations following heavy rain in the past week, Shafie said he would inform state secretary Datuk Hashim Paijan, who is also the Natural Disaster Committee chairman, to assemble the related agencies.

“I want him to combine manpower from federal and state agencies, as well as volunteers to plan ahead in terms of medical servi­ces and food supply.

“We need to eradicate this long-term problem, focusing not only on drainage and irrigation measures but also the high tide season as rising water levels and blocked drainage led to the floods.

“In the past, a RM5mil flood mitigation project was carried out in Likas to contain the rise in water level from the sea to avoid floods,” he said.

More rainfall and thunderstorms are expected this week in isolated areas.

Last week, various areas including the state capital were hit by flash floods.