Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

‘Sort out sharing of power’

KOTA KINABALU: Several outstanding issues related to power sharing must be resolved within Sabah Barisan Nasional ahead of the next general election, says PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said equitable power sharing was among the more pressing issues that needed to be sorted out before the elections, which is due in two years.

The issues included the division of seats in the impending electoral redelineation exercise.

“We hope there is no domination by any party in claiming rights to the seats, and fair and equitable consideration is made in determining the seat representation in Sabah Barisan,” he said at a PBS gathering in Tandek yesterday.

 

While Barisan would continue to dominate Sabah’s political landscape, the ruling coalition should not take grassroots support for granted.

“There is no small party or a party that does not matter in the Barisan because our victory is determined by the support and votes garnered by all component parties,” he added.

Dr Ongkili said power sharing is crucial to ensure Barisan remains strong in facing the general election. He is also confident that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman could address all these concerns.

On another issue, Dr Ongkili, who is Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, said Malaysians had begun to understand the need for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a means for the Government to broaden its tax base, amid a drop in oil and gas revenues.

He said the economic challenges in Malaysia, including the decline in commodity prices and the devaluation of the ringgit, were happening in other countries as well.

“We have to work hard to explain to the people the Government’s measures to implement reforms to ensure that Malaysia is resilient in facing the global economic changes,” he added.

 

Source - The Star