Leiking not concerned about new coalition govt rumours

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  • Saturday, 08 Feb 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking (pic) is more concerned about Malaysia's economy than in the unconfirmed talks of a new coalition government allegedly between Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Umno and PAS.

He said everyone in the government needs to work together to rebuild Malaysia and when asked about the party’s stand about the issue, he said he is "not sure" as Warisan is a Sabah-based party.

He said Warisan has nine strong MPs and their focus was to fight for the rights yet to be fulfilled under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Out of the 21 terms in MA63,17 has been fulfilled and we only have four more to achieve, which is in process, ” Leiking said after a Chinese New Year programme in Kolombong near here, Saturday (Feb 8).

Asked about the guessing game on who will get more MP seats if the rumoured new coalition government is formed, he said he has never heard of such talks.

“This is the first time I’m hearing this, although everyone is talking about it, ” he said.

On matters of a stimulus package to help affected industries in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the International Trade and Industry Minister said they have yet to have a figure ready as thorough deliberations needed to be done.

Leiking said discussions still needed to be held with all the various industries including the tourism, manufacturing, service and other business players to get feedback on this.

“The country needs to be wary and while we are concerned about the virus, we have to take heed of what’s affecting the country, industries and so on because we do not want a setback in the economy, ” he said.

He said proper meetings must be held to understand what each industry needs in the stimulus package and what can be done to address matters that arise.

“Our economy must be kept alive and when we talk about shared prosperity, we must not forget shared responsibility among all Malaysians (during any crisis), ” Leiking said.

He also urged businesses to keep their operations strong and not opt for layoffs during this difficult time.

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