BEAUFORT: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal hit back at Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan on Thursday (Jan 16), saying there are minutes of a meeting that indicated that Barisan Nasional discussed a Sabah temporary resident pass in 2016.
He challenged Pairin, who called him a liar, to sue if what he said about the meeting details and Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS) were untrue.
Shafie refuted Pairin’s claims that the past government had never proposed such a pass, saying the contents of the minutes of the meeting were clear.
He said Barisan should not confuse the people.
“I am not fabricating a story. We are just quoting what was in the meeting’s minutes, the contents of which showed Pairin chairing the meeting in 2016, but Wednesday (Jan 15) night, he said I lied, that I did not have the minutes.
“I know the meeting took place, even the content is clear. We did not make it up, so I hope the people will be able to see through this, ” he told reporters after launching the Unifi telecommunications event at the open hall in Bongawan town.
The Chief Minister said Pairin was welcome to sue him if what he said about PSS was not true.
Asked if sufficient information was distributed to Kimanis constituents to fully understand the PSS issue ahead of the parliamentary constituency by-election, Shafie said talks with people at the grassroots found that they were more concerned about local needs.
“I believe the people in Kimanis are more focused on local issues such as employment opportunities, good road links, improvement of lifestyle and price of goods.
“When I meet people here, they will air their own personal predicaments like their children looking for jobs. Rarely do I hear them talking about PSS, ” he said.
Polling day for the Kimanis by-election, which will take place on Saturday (Jan 18), will see a straight fight between Barisan and Warisan.
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