Press Conference Statement By Lim Guan Eng In Megah D’ Aru Hotel In
Kota Kinabalu On 2.2.2008:
DAP Sabah 2008 General Election Manifesto Based On 8 Core Issues That
Sabahans Must Change To Transform Sabah From Being The Poorest And Least
Developed State To The Richest And Most Developed State With Adequate
Basic Electricity, Water And Security Protection For All
I wish to announce the formation of the Sabah State General Election
Committee headed by Sdr Dr Hiew Keng Chiu and also the outlines of the
DAP Sabah 2008 General Election Manifesto based on 8 core issues. Sabah
is the worst state to live in Malaysia because it is not just the least
developed state but also the most inequitable with not only the poorest
people in Malaysia but also with the richest police possessing
unaccountable and extra-ordinary wealth of RM 27 million.
Further it also highlights that Sabah is probably the most corrupt state
apart from being the worst managed and worst state to live in Malaysia.
Sabah has the second lowest water supply coverage, the highest
population growth, the largest number of illegal immigrants (pendatang
tanpa izin), the highest poverty incidence, the poorest
electricity/energy efficiency and supply as well as the least developed
state in Malaysia.
Sabah has also the highest population growth rate in the country at 3.1%
as compared to the national average of 2.3%. Its population jumped by
530,000 or more than 20% in the space of 5 years from 2.6 million in
2000 to 3.13 million in 2005. Former senator Dr Chong Eng Leong from the
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), alleged that there are around 1.75 million
foreigners in Sabah today, including those in possession of Project
Mahathir’s ICs, as compared to 1.5 million genuine locals in Sabah At
least 50,000 ICs have been issued to foreigners under the secret
Sabah has the largest number of illegal immigrants and those with
genuine ICs under “Project M” estimated at nearly 1 million. The
extraordinary growth of the Sabah population can be shown that in 1960,
the Kadazandusun population was 168,000 and equaled the number of other
Bumiputeras. In 2000, while the Kadazandusun population increased to
560,000, the population of other Bumiputeras had grown to 1.1 million.
Sabah has the worst incidence of poverty at 23% in 2004 as compared to
Sarawak’s 7.5% and Kelantan’s 10.6%. The incidence of poverty in
Peninsular Malaysia is 3.6% and for the entire country 5.7%. DAP does
not understand how the Sabah Development Corridor(SDC) can reduce
poverty or benefits ordinary Sabahans.
For a 18-year SDC that is part of a federal government economic plan
that covers the entire state is unusual and an indirect admission of the
Sabah State government’s failure in economic management. During its
implementation period, 900,000 new jobs are expected to be created with
new investments of RM 105 billion, while Sabah’s GDP in the agriculture
sector would increase four times to RM17 billion.
What would happen if the investment target of RM 105 billion is not
achieved when the Federal government has only allocated a miserly RM 5
billion? And are the 900,000 new jobs to be taken up not by local
residents but by PTIs?
For this reason DAP proposes a Sabah General Election Manifesto that
would allow Sabahans the opportunity to make real changes that can
transform Sabah from being the poorest and least developed state to the
richest and most developed state with adequate basic electricity, water
and security protection for all The 8 core issues are:-
Sabah State Assembly Select Committee headed by the Chief Minister to
evaluate the progress of the 20-point Malaysian Agreement, which led to
Sabah combining with Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya forming Malaysia on
16 September 1963, whether it has been fully complied and observed to
respect the rights of Sabahans, especially freedom of religion where
Christians can not use the word “Allah” and the Mazhu statue is barred
from being built because it is against Islam, local sovereignty, rights
of Sabahans and control of Sabah resources.
change and convert the revenue sharing agreement of Sabah’s natural
resources from the present low 5% to Sabah with 95% to the Federal
government to an equal 50-50 arrangement. Such increase in sharing of
revenue is necessary due to the failure of the BN federal and state
governments from reducing poverty and ensuring an equal share in Sabah
economic benefits to all Sabahans.
a Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate the cause of the rise in
PTIs in excess of the local population and check the uncontrolled inflow
of illegal immigrants or PTIs with the express objective of punishing
those who legalise their stays with PRs and citizenships as well as
stopping the present issuance of IM13 and PR status to these PTIs;
escalating crime by doubling the number of police personnel in Sabah,
with the increased police personnel tasked with patrolling the streets
to protect public safety.
land grabs by abolishing the amended Section 2 (e) of the Land
Acquisition Ordinance which allows “land acquisition by private
enterprise or otherwise howsoever” permitting abuses of powers against
landowners as well as abolish the 7.5% Sabah oil palm duty on oil palm
planters which does not bring them any benefits.
equal employment and contractual opportunities to Sabahans as many
Federal projects are carried out by non-Sabahans, upgrading education
facilities especially full electrification and internet access that is
fully affordable, accessible and available.
corruption with the Sabah State Assembly appointing a Special Corruption
Investigator to punish corrupt practices that has caused losses to
Sabahans involving top BN leaders and also determine the losses from the
RM 500 million Saham Amanah Sabah which has diminished to less than RM
democracy by breaking up zero opposition in Sabah State Assembly. With
no local government elections, there is no accountability and
transparency and there is a need for checks and balance to deny BN its
two thirds majority to prevent a one-party state.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The time has come for Sabahans to
wake up by restoring democracy by voting in the DAP to provide a strong
and effective opposition to fight for political equality, socio-economic
justice and fight for a clean and good governance.
Lim Guan Eng,