KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – Bersih Sabah like many others is worried about the turn of events of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal now also assuming the post of Finance Minister.
In a statement, Saturday, the Bersih 2.0 (Sabah) Secretariat said it is no different from what the BN government practised in the past, with Tan Sri Musa Aman as the Chief Minister of Sabah and Finance Minister and Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the Prime Minister and Finance Minister.
“In the 14th general elections, Sabahans have loudly said that we want to ubah (change). It is distressing to note the ‘same’ trend being continued. History has taught us to be more vigilant and cautious, if not suspicious, of too much power in one’s hands,” read the statement.
“Though it is not in Warisan’s manifesto, the commitment to reform and practising good governance should be the priority.
“We respect the Chief Minister’s prerogative to construct his cabinet but it should be based on good governance principle such as Chief Minister not holding a critical post as the Minister of Finance. This is the reform that rakyat want to see to ensure corruption could be curbed.
“Nonetheless, we are willing to give the new state government, and Shafie Apdal particularly, the benefit of the doubt because they have 5 years to prove themselves. Rome was not built in a day. Malaysians have shown that the rakyat’s voice is powerful. We hope the ‘teething’ problem can be overcome soon,” read the statement.
It said it would continue to keep an eye on the government as well as the opposition. ‘The new state government’s focus should be based on the need for decentralisation of power and accountability, as the rakyat expects improved transparency and credibility,” it said.