Wednesday, June 16

Look after your own party, Musa tells DAP


KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has reminded the DAP to “look after your own party” rather than meddling into the affairs of others.The chief minister made the stinging  reminder amid calls by the opposition party asking Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan to give up his position as an MP.

Musa said that for one, the issue was not a matter for the DAP to decide.

For another, he said, Pairin had been able to discharge his duties well.

Last week, Sabah DAP vice-chairman Edward Ewol Mujie and the party’s publicity secretary Dr Edwin Bosi asked Pairin, 70, to relinquish his  post as an MP, saying Pairin was preoccupied with too many responsibilities — as an assemblyman, a Deputy Chief Minister and an Infrastructure Development Minister.

Musa said that there was nothing strange in a leader holding two seats.

“The DAP is questioning this but even Penang Chief Minister (Lim Guan Eng) is also an assemblyman as well as an MP.

“So my advice to the DAP is, look after your own party,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday.

On the meeting, Musa said he had asked the ministers to go down to the grassroots and monitor projects under their respective ministries so that they would be able to obtain first-hand information on their progress.

He also said the state government would hold a dialogue with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed  Yakcop  on Jan 16 pertaining to development projects in Sabah under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

“For Sabah, we always stress on the importance of rural infrastructure and that is why we always ask for more allocation for this purpose,” he said.

Asked on the latest development in the coal-fired power plant project in Sabah, Musa said, the state government was still waiting for the project’s environmental impact assessment report.

“As for the protest (against the coal-fired plant), it has been ongoing for sometime,” he said. — Bernama