Wednesday, April 9, 2008


PM’s visit disappointment for Sabahans: Jeffrey


The visit to Sabah by the Prime Minister on Monday was a total disappointment for Sabahans who expected something “solid” on the State’s needs and aspirations from him, said a senior leader from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). PKR Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said that before Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi came here, the Premier knew what Sabahans wanted and yet he came and left without much to offer. “He (Abdullah) did not bring anything solid from Kuala Lumpur and came only to give all sorts of vague statements and promises about the future with nothing specific (for Sabah),” he said yesterday. Jeffrey said Abdullah should have been very specific and firm, and addressed the issues directly, stating decisions and clear answers. What happened was that many things were still hanging in the air and there was still a lot of doubts about a lot of things. “We in PKR support the demands of the Sabah MPs because those demands are also reflected in the PKR manifesto — that it is high time KL gives some respect and appreciation of the contributions of Sabah to Malaysia,” said Jeffrey. “The issues of Borneonization and the 20 Points are very important matters which KL should now address. I strongly feel that at least 50 percent of the Federal posts in Sabah should be held by Sabahans,” he stressed. Jeffrey said Abdullahs promise of giving more positions to Sabahans “but it will take time” is very vague and uncertain as it carried no time frame.