Lucky charm leadership of Hajiji

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KORTA KINABALU: The opposition especially Warisan critics can’t control their envy over the success of the state government led by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor after the last state election.

In the last two years alone, state revenues had hit a whopping RM12.409 billion – something Warisan were unable to get close to during two years in government.

No wonder many feel that Hajiji and his Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) administration had been a “lucky charm” for Sabah.

“Many good things had happened since Hajiji took control of the government. So, the opposition resorted to sensationalising and politicising legacy issues.

“I urge cybertroopers and jealous individuals out there to be careful with their words and actions as this government had been given a clear mandate to govern the state.

“Don’t plunge into new depths of bitterness,” Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan) youth exco member Noorudin Abd Hussin said.

The Chief Minister, he added, was well aware that political stability was crucial for Sabah to move forward as economic growth and stability were deeply interconnected.

Instability is not desirable but when the economy is strong and stable, the rakyat would have the resources essential to a healthy life for everyone.

And, Noorudin who is also Gagasan Bugaya youth chief, reminded Warisan that it lost in the 2020 state election and to accept defeat and let GRS continue to take care of the state.

“Prove your worth against GRS at the next election,” he said.

And Noorudin was confident GRS would ride roughshod over its political opponents in the next polls because of its successful record.

Several months back, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim Anwar announced the granting of certain powers and rights to Sabah as agreed in the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) – a legal instrument signed in 1963 which led to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.

With the support of GRS, Sarawak’s GPS and Barisan Nasional, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) led by Anwar was able to form a unity government.

In December last year, Anwar announced that the Federal Cabinet had agreed to transfer full regulatory control of the gas supply to the Sabah government.

“The power to decide (gas) prices was previously in the hands of the Federal government and Petronas, but with this transfer of (autonomous) power, it will be in the hands of the Sabah government,” he told reporters after chairing a cabinet meeting.

The Prime Minister also said Sabah and Sarawak would have the authority to approve any development project worth RM50 million or less without federal approval.

And, there was good news again early this month when Malaysia won a legal battle in France that was likely to annul an award of US15 billion to the so-called heirs of the defunct Sulu sultanate over territorial claims related to Sabah.

The Paris court of appeals ruled on June 6 that the arbitration court that ordered Malaysia to pay the Sulu heirs did not have jurisdiction over the case.

In his immediate response, the Chief Minister stated that the court decision vindicated the state government’s stand all this while that the so-called Sabah claim has no merit whatsoever.

Hajiji also pointed out that said this further reinforced Sabah’s position in the Federation of Malaysia.
And, he reiterated that Sabahans had chosen to jointly form the Federation through the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63) and therefore, any external claims against the state of Sabah would not be recognised at all by the people.

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