Tuesday October 9, 2012
Backbenchers slam Lajim for belittling Barisan’s work in Sabah
AN Independent Member of Parliament from Sabah who said Barisan Nasional had neglected the state was taken to task by backbenchers.
Datuk Sapawi Ahmad Wasali (BN-Sipitang) said Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin (Ind-Beaufort) was wrong when he said Sabah had not benefited from Barisan’s leadership in the state.
“It is wrong to say that Barisan had not brought development to Sabah. Even the interior of Long Pasia enjoy water and electricity supplies,” he said when debating the Supply Bill 2013.
Earlier, when debating the Supply Bill, Lajim said Sabah was still lacking in development, saying only 10,000-odd kilometre of roads in the state were tarred compared to the 35,700km in the peninsula.
“Even the railway system is almost the same as when the British built it. There are many things lacking in the state and the Barisan Nasional Government has failed to resolve it despite labelling Sabah as its fixed deposit,” he said.
Sapawi said Lajim should not claim there was little development when his constituency had a new hospital and two new bridges.
“I can see there is progress in Beaufort because it is just next to my constituency,” he said.
Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (BN-Kota Belud) said Lajim was finding fault with the Barisan Government because he “is on the other side now”.
Debating the Supply Bill, Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid (PKR-Kuala Langat) said the Government should consider salary adjustments of between 2% and 5% for civil servants annually which would benefit them more compared to giving out bonuses.
He said bonuses would only benefit them in the short-term while salary increments were beneficial in the long run, particularly when it came to pensions.