KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan regretted the statement by STAR Sabah chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan with regard to the achievements of the state government.
The facts are that Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s government has created 80,000 jobs, presented the highest ever state budget of RM4 billion, accumulated state’s cash reserves of more than RM3 billion, presided over unprecedented economic prosperity and was highly acclaimed as prudent manager of the state finances by Auditor General.
The Chief Minister has also received excellent ratings by international rating agencies and Musa’s conservation effort of the state’s natural resources and environment is world renowned, the Tuaran Member of Parliament said.
“All these while the economy is humming with bigger GDP which churns out higher per capita income of RM17,000,” he said in response to Dr Jeffry’s claims that Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan must have forgotten the numbers and facts which the latter mentioned in his speech during the launch of the Chief Minister’s book recently.
According to Abdul Rahman, Dr Jeffrey, being an opposition leader, had mischievously tried to find one thousand excuses to discredit the good work of the Chief Minister and his government.
“But a true measure of people’s acceptance of a politician is when the politician faces the true test, winning the voters’ confidence in elections and the indisputable fact is that the rakyat have given the Chief Minister huge thumbs up by giving him massive landslide majority, not just once but twice, in 2004 and 2008 elections.
“If that is not resounding endorsement of the Chief Minister’s leadership, I don’t know what else does. Of all people, Dr Jeffrey should understand the importance of people’s support to legitimize oneself as a politician,” he said.
“With so many election defeats, what would that say about one’s credibility and legitimacy?
“In life, there is a time for everything and clearly Dr Jeffrey belongs in the past. The people of Sabah are interested in the present and in the future and this Chief Minister has successfully delivered the present and strategically mapped out the future.
“The future of all Sabahans irrespective of race and religion is indeed in the good hands of BN government,” he stressed.