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Claiming ministries ‘don’t work’, BN MP demands special panel on Sabah problems

BN MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh told the Dewan Rakyat that a special parliamentary committee needs to be established to ensure the plight of many Sabahans are looked into. ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 15 ― A Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmaker today called for the formation of a special parliamentary committee to study the various problems faced by his home state, saying he has lost confidence in the ministries responsible for handling the issues.
The lawmaker, Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh, told the Dewan Rakyat that the committee needs to be established to ensure the plight of many Sabahans are looked into.
“People in Sabah are still digging holes into the earth to defecate… not like it is here where we can flush and everything is luxurious.
“In Sabah, we don't have this facility, so we ask that the government be more serious if it wants to narrow the development gap (between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, Sarawak). Give more allocation, not just give hope but nothing (in the end),” he said.
“If we hope on all the ministries, they all don't work and if I alone speak, then they will say that this Kalabakan is only spewing auta (myth),” he added later when debating the royal address.
Abdul Ghapur then pointed out that the state education department had recently claimed that at least 400 schools in Sabah were in dire straits, and said it was necessary that the committee be formed to look into this and the state’s other problems.
“Form a body to investigate all these… study it properly and don't wait until the elections to do all these,” he said.
The special parliamentary panel, he said, should include members from both sides of the political divide.
Abdul Ghapur also offered to prepare food and transportation for members of the suggested parliamentary committee when they come to Sabah, if the panel is successfully set up.
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