July 18, 2015
MALAYSIA: Najib Razak is a NATO Prime Minister
Sabahans have had enough of Najib’s ‘no action talk only’
The people want to be freed of price disparity and the illegal immigrant phenomenon and have lost patience with the committees sitting on the problems.
An Assemblyman has pointed out that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was bogged down in Sabah by setting up one NATO committee after another NATO committee in response to local issues but with hardly any results. “It’s all no action, talk only (NATO),” said Sri Tanjung Assemblyman Chan Foong Hin.
“There are too many committees, but hardly any achievements.” The key issues in Sabah, he added, were the National Cabotage Policy (NCP) blamed for the higher prices and cost of living vis-à-vis the peninsula despite stagnant and depressed local wages, lower standard of living, lower minimum wage compared with the Peninsula, a lack of political power, and unfair distribution of resources.
Another key issue, he said, was the illegal immigrant phenomenon plaguing the state for decades and creating social problems and contributing to a higher crime rate including kidnappings-for-ransom.
Chan called upon the Federal Government to announce the results of three committees set up earlier viz. the Permanent Committee on Management of Foreign Migrants in Sabah headed by Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman, the Technical Committee on Foreign Migrants in Sabah headed by Huguan Siou and Deputy Chief Minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan and the Federal Committee on the National Cabotage Policy.
Pairin is a member of the committee on the NCP. “Sabahans want to know when they would be freed of the price disparity and illegal immigrants,” said Chan.
Chan, also DAP Sabah Vice Chairman, was “welcoming” Foreign Minister Anifah Aman’s announcement that Najib had approved yet another committee for Sabah, this time a special one to study the state’s entitlement under the Federal Constitution to 40 per cent of all revenue collected by the Federal Government in the state.
Anifah said the special committee would also “thoroughly study” several other issues especially financial rights under the oil and gas royalty formula which was last paid in 1974 at 10 per cent and not the 5 per cent the state was getting today.“Ironically, Anifah neither announced the members for the committee nor when it would be set up,” said Chan. “Would this be yet another NATO Committee?”