Sabah leader blames excessive politicking for lack of development

KOTA KINABALU (BERNAMA) – A Sabah leader today blamed excessive politicking for the lack of development in Sabah and called on the state leaders and people to focus on developing the state for the people’s prosperity.

Deputy Chief Minister Bung Moktar Radin said 14 elections have been held at the federal level and 11 in Sarawak but 16 in Sabah and added that much time has been wasted on elections at the expense of development.

What Sabah needs most now is political stability that will enable all government development programmes to proceed smoothly and, as such, the people should support the state government formed by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), he said in a statement.

He said the GRS state government, just months into its administration, has implemented various efforts and initiatives to help the people and develop the state.

Bung Moktar, who is also Sabah Works Minister, said the state government has introduced the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan 2021-2025, a framework of direction and strategy to continue to drive the state’s economy and the socio-economic status of the people.

Sabah Works Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Bung Moktar Radin. PHOTO: BERNAMA

The plan outlines three key elements, namely agriculture, industry and tourism as the focus of economic growth, human capital and the people’s well-being as well as an infrastructure network and environmental sustainability.

“We faced a very challenging reality and economic situation (when we took over the state government).

“As such, the government went into action immediately to address the slowdown of growth in certain sectors and sub-sectors, and identified new sources to strengthen and increase state revenue,” he said.