Sabah govt needs more time and support to fulfil election pledges

Olivia Miwil

KOTA KINABALU: The state government, which marks its 100th day in office on Aug 21, needs more time and support to fulfil its election pledges.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said it was not easy to make changes in a short time, especially as the previous government had been in power for almost 50 years.

“When I took over, there was not much money,” he said after launching the 6th Sabah International Surveyors’ Congress and second Asean Land Governance Summit here.

“Even (Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told me that I will discover something beyond my expectations,” he said.

“But, it is not bad. We are confident. Give us between one year and one-and-a-half-years to develop the state.”

In its 13-point election manifesto, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) had pledged to fight for things such as the rights of the people in the Sabah, Malaysia Agreement 1963, oil royalty, improving the efficiency of the government and government-linked companies, establishing two new ministries and boosting infrastructure development.

Shafie, who is also the president of the party, said the right people had to be brought in to helm and bring changes to government departments and agencies.

“We also need support from the people and civil servants to implement government policies,” he added.

Shafie said the state government was looking into dismantling the Central Board to speed up the approval of development projects.

He said good land governance was central to economic growth, tenure security, social development and sustainability.

“To have successful administration and management of land and resources, one must adhere to the principles of good governance.

“The state of Sabah, without exception, requires effective and good land governance to administer and manage its land, property and natural resources.” © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd