‘Political beliefs must not affect development’

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  • Friday, 18 Sep 2020

Final touches: Workers doing landscaping work on a road filled with flags of political parties ahead of the state election in Sandakan. — Bernama

KOTA KINABALU: Development in Sabah should not be determined by the state government’s political beliefs, says Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

The caretaker Chief Minister said the Federal Constitution clearly stated that it was the Federal Government’s obligation to ensure development in Sabah.

“Building schools and roads is part of what they must do for Sabah.

“It shouldn’t be based on differing political beliefs,” he said after a night ceramah in the Sulaman constituency.

He added that Sabahans were politically mature enough to decide for themselves when it was time to make a change (such as in the 2018 general election).

He also told Sulaman voters to reject the constituency’s seven-term assemblyman Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, who had been billed as a potential chief minister.

“Cut the entry of peninsula-based parties,” Shafie said.

Hajiji won the Sulaman seat in the 1990 state election under the Usno banner.

A year later, he became an Umno member when the party entered Sabah and Usno dissolved with its members joining Umno.

This time around, he is defending the seat as a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia candidate under Perikatan Nasional.

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