TUARAN: Perikatan Nasional information chief Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has throw his support for Sulaman candidate Datuk Hajiji Noor as the best choice for chief minister's post should they come out victorious in the state polls.
The Senior Minister said this during a gathering at PDM Tambalang, Kampung Bolong Baru in Tuaran Tuesday (Sept 15).
Azmin, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, further challenged caretaker chief minister from Warisan Plus, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, to come down to Tuaran and engage in a debate with Hajiji to determine who is the best candidate to lead Sabah.
“After hearing him (Hajiji) deliver his speech, I believe he truly is qualified to be the Sabah CM.
“This is not my opinion alone but also that of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Sabah needs a figure (tokoh) as CM and that is none other than Hajiji.
“Yes he (Hajiji) has served the Sulaman constituency for seven terms, but for us and the younger generation, we still need his service as an experienced elected representative, ” Azmin said.
If Shafie failed to take care of the welfare of Sabahans, then he should hand over the post to Hajiji, Azmin added at the event attended by Perikatan Nasional supporters.
When asked to comment on Barisan Nasional saying that the chief minister's post should only be discussed after the state election, Azmin said, “That is the position taken by Umno and BN, but certainly for Perikatan, we have a strong candidate, a clean candidate, and I think he should be given the opportunity to lead Sabah after the elections.
“We need to assure Sabahans that this is the future for the state - we have a strong candidate who is able to lead the state, ” he said.
Asked if there had been follow-up discussions on the matter with BN and Umno, he said that was the prerogative of the Prime Minister and did not elaborate further.
Earlier, in his speech, Azmin also lamented the caretaker state government’s failure in ensuring reliable Internet connectivity in this state.
“We do not want youngsters in Kudat having to climb a tree (to get connection), why did the state government not expand broadband facilities there?
"In the end, they needed to look to the Federal Government for infrastructure.
“So last week, the Prime Minister came to Sabah and met Veveonah Mosibin and her family, where he also assured that the government will improve infrastructure here.
“How can we let Sabah be left behind in technology... The youths here have potential and we must provide encouragement by providing the infrastructure, we want them to thrive and have a good future, ” Azmin said.