MARUDU: Parti Bersatu Sabah
(PBS) today claimed Sabah has lost unprecedented authority
and decision-making autonomy since the Barisan Nasional
government assumed power in the state almost five
deputy president, Dr Maximus Ongkili said Sabah was
no longer the "Sabah of old" under the successive
administration of the USNO, Berjaya and PBS governments
because the present BN government has enforced in
a short period numerous changes that are detrimental
to the welfare of the State.
the government days of USNO, Berjaya and PBS the elected
leaders of the people could decide for themselves
how to govern Sabah, introduce laws that were needed
for effective administration, and dissolve the State
assembly when it was time to do so. Today these basic
functions of government which are provided for in
the State constitution are no longer under the sole
authority of the Chief Minister and the cabinet,"
Ongkili was speaking to PBS Tandek leaders and election
workers after chairing a monthly divisional meeting
at the partyís office this afternoon.
was commenting specifically on chief minister Tan
Sri Bernard Dompokís recent statement that the right
to dissolve the legislative assembly belonged to the
the state constitution, the Tuan Yang Terutama has
the sole power to dissolve the assembly upon the advice
of the chief minister. Today everyone knows that the
chief minister can no longer exercise that sole right.
He has to receive instructions from Barisan nasional
leaders in Kuala Lumpur before he can do anything.
Neither would he be willing todo otherwise," he alleged.
Bandau member of parliament said the lost of autonomy
on deciding the election date was one of the principal
results of Sabah Baru policies which the Sabah people
could do without, aside from other detrimental policies
such as the rotation of the chief ministerís post.
Ongkili also took to task the chief minister for his
statement that the BN government has been successful
in achieving economic recovery in the state, arguing
that the economy today was in worse condition than
during the PBS era.
can there be economic recovery when the wholesale
and retail sectors in all towns are depressed, hotels
and restaurants are losing money, price of basic necessities
spiralled as never before, contractors are owed enormous
money by the government while smaller contractors
cannot even find any job to do?" he asked.
said the "day of judgment" for the BN government was
coming nearer, claiming that the people of Sabah will
return PBS to clean up the mess created by the present