'Fix potholes first, now is not the time to dissolve state assembly' - Pas commissioner

Infrastructure concerns overshadow assembly dissolution

02 Feb 2024 04:49pm
Photo for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX
Photo for illustration purpose only. - FILE PIX

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Pas Commissioner and assemblyman Dr Aliakbar Gulasan has stressed that now is not the right time to dissolve the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.

He highlighted the need to address unresolved infrastructure issues in Sabah, stating that the state is grappling with various challenges that require immediate attention.

"The present moment is unsuitable for dissolving the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.

“Instead, we should focus on ensuring that the funds allocated in the Sabah Budget 2024, totaling RM5.701 billion, directly benefit the people.

“The budget, with the theme 'Strong Sabah, People Well-Being,' is intended to enhance the well-being and livelihoods of the people.

“Sabah still faces persistent challenges with unresolved basic infrastructure issues.

"The crucial aspect is the effective utilisation of the announced budget to address these pressing concerns," he said in a statement today.

He added that even after more than 60 years of independence, basic amenities such as clean water and electricity were still discussed among the people, who expected comprehensive solutions from the government.

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"The issue of road conditions is also frequently raised and has been ongoing for a long time. 'Roads filled with potholes like a pond' have become a common complaint among the people, posing safety risks that must be addressed promptly.

"The people are also burdened by the rising cost of living.

"This issue also requires effective and efficient attention and monitoring," Aliakbar said.

As a government that prioritises the well-being of the people, Aliakbar urged a focus on providing necessary solutions rather than considering the dissolution of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.