Chinese community hopes to see more progress

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 11 Jan 2020

BEAUFORT: The minority group of Chinese voters hope to see more positive changes in terms of development and policies, saying that much more could be done to develop Kimanis and the towns.

Retired lorry driver Wong Chee Kiong hopes to see things moving in Membakut and Kimanis as a whole.

“I hope after this by-election, we will start to see changes, ” he said when met at a coffee shop.

Wong said it would be unfair to say that the new government was a failure as it had only governed for less than two years.

“How can you compare 60 years with just two years?” he said.

Another voter, who only wanted to be known as Teo, said Membakut had been left far behind.

The 77-year-old said businesses were slow, roads were not upgraded and many rundown shoplots needed to be refurbished.

“These old shoplots here have historical and photographic value. If efforts are being done to refurbish these buildings and upgrade the facilities, I am sure more people would come, ” he said.

There are only over 1,000 Chinese voters in Membakut but many are working outstation.

The only time when there is a crowd is during the weekly tamu market on Wednesday for the old Membakut town and on Sundays in the new township.

Similarly, the native Dusuns in Membakut are still willing to give the new government a chance to prove themselves.

Though they are concerned about the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS), some agreed that if it is not abused, they can actually help monitor immigrants better.

Retired teacher Marinus Lojikim, 68, was confident that the government would not push through with the implementation of the PSS if there was strong objection from the people.

Kampung Lumat Laut resident Chali Nonong urged the government to review the usage of land there.

The 63-year-old retired businessman said the villagers had applied for the vacant land during Parti Bersatu Sabah era over 25 years ago but it was given to the Rural Development Corporation for crop planting.

“But we have applied for it to be gazetted as village titles first, ” he said, adding that so far, there was still no decision by the Land and Survey Department.

“So we hope, whoever is being elected will look into this so that the land, planted with palm oil, will be returned to the villagers, ” said Nonong.

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