Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing has dismissed a veteran Sabah lawmaker’s criticisms against Putrajaya over the long-delayed Pan Borneo Highway project, The Borneo Post reported today.
Urging State Reform Party (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan to change his focus on dealing with the federal government, Masing said it was no point “crying over spilt milk”.
“There’s nothing we can do about the past. Sabah and Sarawak should now focus on asking the federal government to do what it has not done in the past 50 years.
“Let’s not keep on saying ‘You have short-changed us for the last 50 years’,” Masing told the Sarawak-based daily, adding that the massive infrastructure project was “better late than never”.
He added that the most important thing was that the country now had a federal government which listens.
Masing was responding to Jeffrey, who had said in a statement recently that Sabahans were being taken for a ride with the rhetoric on the Pan Borneo Highway, “as if it’s God-sent”.
“It’s nothing more than an election gimmick and trumpet blowing. The highway was already 35 years late.
“The Pan Borneo Highway should have been built by the 1980s after the big promises made in 1962 and 1963 to develop Sabah (and Sarawak),” the Bingkor assemblyman said.
Jeffrey gave the example of road development in Sabah, highlighting that there were no dual carriage roads between Kota Belud, Kudat, Tambunan, Keningau and Tongod.
“Also, there are only two flyovers in the whole of Sabah. Almost all kampung roads, especially in the interior areas, were gravel and mud-roads or ex-logging tracks,” Jeffrey said.
Source : @ FMT Online