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Parties should work together to better serve Penampang folk

25th June, 2019

PENAMPANG: The component parties of Pakatan Harapan (PH) together with Warisan and Upko should unite and work together to better serve the people of Penampang, especially having the most number of YBs in one area.

Bersatu Penampang Chief, Senator Datuk John Ambrose said that party leaders should stop pointing fingers and blaming the faults of the previous government in hindering their progress to better serve the people.

“There is no point in pointing fingers and playing the blame game.

“We as elected representatives of the people should come together and unite in order to best serve the people of not only Penampang, but the whole of Sabah.

“Penampang alone is home to a Federal Minister, Datuk Darell Leiking (Minister of International Trade and Industry) and an Assistant Minister, Jennifer Lasimbang (Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation) so there is no reason why we cannot come together to serve the people of Penampang at our level best,” he said.

Ambrose said this in a statement after leading a Srikandi Penampang Sentuhan Kasih programme here, over the weekend. He led the programme alongside Srikandi Penampang Chief, Lovita Koisun and Armada Penampang representative, Gordon Chin.

“As Federal Minister, I would like to call upon Darrel to lead the charge in bringing together all the YBs in Penampang from various parties so that we may support each other in developing Penampang and its locals.

“One of the main issues that I would like to tackle together with all the other leaders is rural schools in Penampang.

“If we combine the forces of the leaders in Penampang, I believe we can easily handle and rectify the many issues currently faced by Penampang locals, especially issues that have plagued our people for many years,” said Ambrose.

Among other suggestions he mentioned in helping mitigate problems in Penampang include the planting of trees in water catchment areas to reduce floods, ensure all locals are properly documented and obtain more funds for mission schools and churches in Penampang.

“I would like to pay a courtesy call to all the YBs and Ministers based in Penampang to propose to them of my intention to gather the leaders to work towards one goal and one mission – to serve our people,” he added.

Ambrose also commented that the District Council of Penampang should also quickly handle issues concerning their part time or daily-paid employees still not receiving their permanent employments.

“I have met many of their workers who still have not received full employment until today despite having worked at the District Council for a number of years. We need to rectify this issue as soon as possible,” said Ambrose, adding that existing Council officers should buck up in their duties especially when it comes to documentation and permits.

“As an example, the officers from the District Council only came to ITCC in the eleventh hour to do the necessary inspections and documentations to release the Occupancy Certificate for the Mall. I am very disappointed,” he said.

Ambrose added that Bersatu Sabah is serious in helping and working together with the Sabah government in every possible way to ensure the people of Sabah is getting the best out of their government of the day.

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