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Friday, August 31, 2012

SEPARATE BN MANIFESTO FOR SABAH





By : FMT STAFF

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) wants a separate Barisan Nasional election manifesto which takes into account Sabah’s ground realities. PBS Kadaimaian Division Chief, Herbert Lagadan said the party will ask the federal government to allow an additional BN manifesto for the 13th general election.

Lagadan said the division had also proposed that a trust fund be set up with yearly contribution from Petronas.
The fund, he said, should start at RM3 billion with the monies equally divided and used to abolish poverty and upgrade rural infrastructure and schools in Sabah.

He added that the proposed fund should be administered by the state government.

“But this must be done during the 10th Malaysia Plan pending the renegotiation of oil royalty, ” he said, referrring to the proposed “amicable discussions” between the state government and Putrajaya on reviewing the current 5% oil royalty.

Both Chief Ministers Musa Aman (Sabah) and Taib Mahmud (Sarawak) made a sudden turnaround on the oil royalty issue when they said they would initiate “amicable discussions” with the federal government.

Currently, both Sabah and Sarawak receive only 5% oil royalty.

The chief ministers’ statements, which were made during the Hari Raya celebrations, have given Barisan Nasional native allies here – PBS, Upko and PBRS (Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah) – some hope.

Yesterday, Upko president Bernard Dompok said that an additional 5% hike on the current oil royalty was “immediately doable”.

He said under the Petronas agreement, the royalty payment was set at 10% but was to be split between Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

“In which case I think the immediate doable figure, to my mind, is 10%. For a start, we can almost have another 5%. This is my thinking.” he said.

Najib in Sabah

Meanwhile, PBS’ opportune call for a separate manifesto appears to have been timed to coincide with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s visit to Sabah this weekend.

Najib was last here in June when he received a rousing welcome (albiet staged, according to insiders) in Keningau. With him then was PBS president Joseph Pairin Kitingan who received a boost when Najib publicly declared that Pairin had his “ear”.

Musa, when confirming Najib’s visit this weekend, said the Umno president will be launching five Umno divisions, namely Libaran, Sandakan, Batu Sapi, Beluran and Kinabatangan

Najib, he said, together with wife Rosmah Mansor will also be doing his Hari Raya rounds

“This shows that the prime minister likes to be close to the people wherever they are,” said Musa.
But political analysts here believe that the current ground realities in Sabah are not favourable to Najib. They are of the view that Najib’s meeting this weekend with local Umno leaders will not be an easy one. - Sabahkini

18 comments:

  1. PBS wants a separate Barisan Nasional election manifesto which takes into account Sabah’s ground realities. PBS Kadaimaian Division Chief, Herbert Lagadan said the party will ask the federal government to allow an additional BN manifesto for the 13th general election. Lagadan said the division had also proposed that a trust fund be set up with yearly contribution from Petronas. The fund, he said, should start at RM3 billion with the monies equally divided and used to abolish poverty and upgrade rural infrastructure and schools in Sabah. He added that the proposed fund should be administered by the state government.

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    1. BN manifesto is to make Sabah as part of the list in any development.

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    2. Hope that the Election Manifesto requested by PBS will be considered by the Federal Government.

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  2. Pairin said he never abandoned PBS nor neglected his constituents and will continue to serve as long as he is capable. He said inevitably there was bound to be setbacks now and then but Sabah's interior has evolved and experienced development since achieving independence particularly in basic infrastructure and the people's livelihood

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    1. I don't know why Pairin is being hated so much while Jeff is being treated as one of the heroes.

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    2. Pairin Kitingan is still our Huguan Siou.

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  3. isu di Sabah dan negeri2 lain tidak sama, jadi kena utamkan isu2 di sabah.

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    1. Sabah has many issues need to be addressed from.

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    2. Isu Sabah harus diselesaikan bersama-sama.

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    3. Datuk Najib said the federal government will prioritize Sabah's developments during his visit in Sabah previously.

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  4. BN is putting its effort to upgrade its image in Sabah.

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    1. Sabah dan Sarawak merupakan negeri yang luas. untuk majukan negeri ni perlukan satu tempoh masa yang lama.

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  5. The State government is committed to give us the things that we need.

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  6. pemimpin2 PBS perlu mengemukakan cadangan mereka secara tertutup melalui perbincangan meja bulat.. mendedahkannya di media hanya akan menjadi bahan politik oleh pemimpin2 pembangkang..

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  7. ll fulfLet see whether the state government will fullfill their word?

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    1. slogan untuk Hari Kemerdekaan tahun ni merupakan janji ditepati. harap2 semua janji tu akan ditepati oleh kerajaan.

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    2. Hope that the government will ensure all promises made to the people will be fulfilled.

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  8. Lagadan said the division had also proposed that a trust fund be set up with yearly contribution from Petronas.

    The fund, he said, should start at RM3 billion with the monies equally divided and used to abolish poverty and upgrade rural infrastructure and schools in Sabah.

    Good suggestion from Lagadan, hopefully the federal government is willing to consider it.

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