Will P'pang lose another RM50m?
Published on: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Penampang: Penampang Umno appealed to voters in the district not to again let slip the opportunity of benefiting from RM50 million worth of funds for elected representatives by again surrendering the parliamentary and two state seats to the opposition.Its chief Senator Datuk John Ambrose (pic) said the people must not repeat the mistake they made in the 2013 general election and was certain they found out for themselves by now that they actually gained nothing from voting the opposition.

"There is nothing to gain in being in an opposition area.

"It was a RM50 million loss. What a waste of funds," he said, when closing a fishing competition in Kg Ganang organised by Penampang Barisan Nasional Youth, Saturday. He believed BN would recapture all the three seats this time.

He advised the people not to be influenced by the opposition's call for change.

"Why must we change? Can the opposition help us at all? We've seen this for ourselves in the past five years," he said.

He said even though Penampang is not under the BN, the State and Federal Governments never neglected it.

"In an event last night, the District Officer told the community how the Government had given as much as RM1.4 billion in allocations to Penampang.

"A lot of this was due to the intervention of our Chief Minister (Tan Sri Musa Aman) such as for the flood mitigation project in the district," he said.

John said voters must not allow themselves to be led into believing that the opposition will bring down the government in the coming general election.

Although he acknowledge their strong challenge, he expressed confidence that the end result would still favour the BN.

The BN candidates entrusted to win back the Penampang parliamentary and Kepayan as well as Moyog state seats in the coming general election are likely to be new faces Datuk Francis Goh (Kepayan) and Ceasar Mandela Malakun (Penampang), besides Datuk Donald Mojuntin (Moyog).

In the last election, the Penampang parliamentary seat was won by Darell Leiking on the PKR ticket while Moyog by Terence Siambun also from the same party. Both are now with the opposition Parti Warisan.

Darell was originally in Umno but hopped over to PKR before again hopping over to Warisan.

Dr Edwin Bosi won the Kepayan seat under the DAP ticket but left the party last year and is now with Anak Negeri, also an opposition party.

Also present was Penampang Umno deputy chief Datuk Hasnol Ayub. - Leonard Alaza


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