Investigate why some leaders are leaving BN, says MP
Posted on July 24, 2012, Tuesday
KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional (BN) must investigate why some of its leaders in Sabah are said to be ditching the coalition, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said.
Liew who was interviewed by TV3 on Sunday, was of the opinion that BN has to find out what the grouses of these leaders were and why they were making such threatening remarks.
“If they are doing it for their self-interest so that they can gain certain position, then the central leadership will have to take certain action against them.
“But if they are doing it because of certain dissatisfaction against the state leadership, the central leadership will then have to look at their grouses to verify the truth or otherwise of their complaints,” the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president stressed.
“BN’s aim must only be one – that’s to win the general election, and to do that both the central and state leaderships must have a strong and united team,” he stressed.
The Sandakan member of parliament was also asked to respond to the water supply problem in Kampung Sim Sim, Sandakan that was highlighted in TV3 Aduan Rakyat recently.
Liew explained that Kampung Sim Sim is situated at the seafront right in the middle of Sandakan and the houses are built on top of the sea. It is a unique floating village not found in many towns in the country. It has been there since the 1970s and since then the people living there have increased to more than 10,000 people. There are altogether 24 main bridges with many intersections in between.
“One bridge has at least hundreds of houses catering to more than a hundred households per bridge,” he said, adding that previously, all the 24 main bridges were wooden and a lot of problems ensued, like people falling into the sea due to rotten or broken bridges.
There were incidents where the bridge collapsed when a wedding party came, and a couple of times during a funeral when even the deceased also went down when the whole bridge collapsed, he said.
“When I came it as MP in 2008, I saw the need to upgrade the wooden bridge because to continue to repair and change the broken and rotten wooden bridges, as done by the previous elected representatives, was not a long-term solution.”
“I then applied for funding from the PM in late 2008 and the 24 wooden bridges had now all been turned to concrete making life easier for the residents there. In the process, the floating village encounters piping problem. Water is supplied nonetheless.
“The problem is the pressure and I know for a fact that many are using water pumps to increase water supply. During peak hours, those living at the further end will experience low water pressure, resulting in little supply or no water at all,” Liew explained.
He pointed out that the problem is worsened by many illegal connections around the village and added: “In fact we have discussed this issue with the local authority and it is hoped that a long-term solution is in sight in a near future.”