PAS invites ex-Usno members to join fold

Kota Kinabalu: PAS has invited former Usno members into the party’s fold in order for them to realise a struggle that is based on justice and bringing prosperity to the people in the State.

PAS Sabah Deputy Commissioner, Hamzah Abdullah, said in fact the party had received many applications from former Usno members especially in Tawau.

He said the struggle of PAS and Usno was quite similar where the basis is to struggle for universal justice.

He added that the relationship between Usno founder, the late Tun Mustapha Harun and PAS’ fifth President, the late Dato Haji Yusof Rawa, was also very close.

Hamzah reminded former Usno members that Umno had not fulfilled many of its promises when it spread its wing to Sabah, which eventually led to Tun Mustapha entering into a pact for the second time known as PBS-plus Usno.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s visit to Tun Mustapha’s house in Kudat on Sunday was merely an act to soften the heart of former Usno members, claimed Hamzah.

In this respect, he said PAS was ready to consider several former Usno leaders as candidates in the coming 13th General Election.

He said PAS Sabah had already held a meeting to discuss the matter that would be followed by an announcement at the appropriate time.

Meanwhile, DAP Sabah believes Sabah should be allocated with at least RM5.6 billion in terms of development expenditure based on per capita basis rather than just under RM3 billion, which is just six per cent of the RM49.7 billion national Budget for next year.

Its Publicity Secretary, Chan Foong Hin, said Sabah’s population is about 11.3 per cent of the national population and therefore it deserved at least RM5.6 billion or 11.3 per cent from the total RM49.7 billion, in order to close the developmental gap between Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.

“Additionally, any developmental allocation should be given based on the needs of the people, but not based on the needs of politicians to buy support,” he said, adding that there was nothing to be excited about the announcement of RM2.98 billion.

In contrast, the RM3 billion announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in Kudat again proved to Sabahans how the Federal Government continues to belittle Sabah, he claimed.

“It is totally unfair for Sabahans to accept such small portion of development expenditure.

There is no need to feel gratitude and be indebted to the Federal government since it is their duty to uplift rakyat’s livelihood by pursuing development projects such as electricity and water supply, construction of low cost housing and etc,” he said

Sources : Daily Express online

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