By : M. IZHAM B.HASHIM
NEWLY appointed Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman pledged to work harder to bring more development for Sabah and in the pursuit of good governance to justify the people's confidence entrusted in the ruling coalition.
"We will fulfill the people's mandate entrusted to the BN and prove our commitment by carrying out the developmental programmes and policies outlined in the manifesto for Sabah," he said.
Musa, who successfully defended his Sungai Sibuga legislative assembly seat (DUN) with a majority of 11,569 votes, believe the recent success of the Sabah BN to form the government with two thirds majority reflected the people's confidence in the ruling coalition to lead the state.
However, despite the win Musa said he was far from satisfied from the achievement, saying efforts must be intensified with extra focus given to the people's wellbeing.
Expressing his gratitude to the people of Sabah, Musa pledged that the new Sabah BN cabinet would put Sabah on the fast-track to development.
"I promise to take the responsibility as Chief Minister and pledge to work closely with the new state cabinet and all parties to fulfill the promises that we made to the people and for the betterment of the state," he said.
In addition, Musa said the election victory would strengthen cooperation between the Federal government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the State government in order to bring greater development to Sabah.
On BN’s defeat in areas with majority Chinese and Kadazandusun electorate, Musa said the Sabah BN government would examine their dissatisfactions and pledged to improve their performance in order to meet the expectations of the people.
Sabah BN retained two-thirds majority in the state, controlling 48 of 60 seats in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).
However, the coalition lost 12 seats compared to three in the last elections in 2008. Parti Keadilan Rakyat(PKR) successfully penetrated several areas namely Api-Api, Moyog, Kedamaian, Matunggong, Tamparuli, Klias and Inanam
This time around the opposition scored four seats, namely, one in Luyang, one in Kapayan, another in Sri Tanjong and a fourth in Likas, a far cry from the lone seat it won in 2008. A state opposition party STAR won one seat in Bingkor. (Insight Sabah)