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2009 Aug 19 - People's cries falling on deaf ears

People's cries falling on deaf ears

Kota Kinabalu, Aug 19, 2009: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) told the government to get down to the serious work of substantiating its high-sounding slogans to salvage whatever little credibility it has remaining.

"The 'People First, Performance Now' slogan is sounding less believable by the day as the people are subject to barrage of empty promises," said Datuk Richard Yong, the secretary-general of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

He cited as examples of empty promises the failure of the government in building a new general hospital for Kota Kinabalu City , addressing the perennial power supply disruptions throughout Sabah and the amusing delay in the completion of the intersection in front of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.

"Such foot-dragging simply shows that the government ignores the cries of the people and makes a laughing stock of the promise of putting the people's interest above everything, and promising of excellence.

Richard said the power supply problem has been plaguing Sabah since time immemorial. But instead of empathizing with the people, government leaders were quick to condemn any demonstration of anger.

"Chief Minister Datuk Musa made another round of promises that the power supply problem will be dealt with, as if it is within his purview to do so.

"Why should we believe that Musa can or will do anything when power supply is entirely the responsibility of Tenaga Nasional? And why should we believe that Tenaga would have a sense of urgency now when it never had any before?

He insisted that the government should back down on its plans to build a coal-fired power plant because of great risks to the environment. Instead, it should seriously explore other mode of power generation, and reverse its decision to allow Petronas to pipe natural gas from Sabah to Bintulu (in Sarawak) and use the gas to power new power stations in Sabah .

On the need for a new general hospital in the state capital, Richard described as 'amazing' how both state and government leaders are still dragging their feet since the Queen Elizabeth Hospital had half of its facilities and services disabled more than nine months ago.

"People don't stop needing hospital services because one hospital is closed. Why can't the government use its might like it did so frequently spending millions for so-called fast-track projects to put up a new hospital for the people of Sabah?

"If the government fails to do anything soon, it will go down Malaysian history as the state whose people survive the longest period without a general hospital.

"If they don't do anything about the power supply, we will be elevated from being the state with the most atrocious power supply record to being a world record-holder, worse than some strife-torn African states and some banana republics in Latin America!

He said the continued delay in the completion of upgrading works on the intersection in front of the QEH is amusing because even the project owner, that is the Public Works Department, had expressed dismay over the snail's pace with which the works have been progressing.

He alleged that thousands of motorists have been enduring the congestion and inconveniences caused by the half-finished intersection, which is a major gateway into and out of the KK City.

"Ordinarily a project delay can be tolerated by the people, but the slowness of this relatively simple project flies in the face of all the promises of People First and Performance Now.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
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Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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