KOTA KINABALU: It is puzzling to think that former DAP state party secretary Chan Foong Hin, who was defeated during its party polls, appointed “through the backdoor” as a committee after the party faced the departure of its assemblymen due to its internal power struggle, was so concerned about the fate of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the chairman of National Recovery Council (NRC), said
Sabah Progressive Party Vice President Gee Tien Siong.
“It is to everyone’s knowledge that the NRC serves as a think tank, its members are also comprised of experts in various fields contributing professional opinions, formulating solutions and proposals for the government of the day. However, the Prime Minister and the cabinet will have the final say on policy-making, which sometimes may agree or contradict with the proposals by NCR, which is not unusual,” he said.
“The NRC could likely be disbanded after their assistance and contributions have successfully helped the country walk through the pandemic. And none of these need Chan’s advice at all,” Gee chided.
“Lest we forget in June last year when Sabah announced that dine-in was allowed, KK MP Chan reposted a fake news of enforcement officers issuing compounds to operators for allowing dine-ins in his social media page and asked, “Who has the ultimate say, the Sabah Chief Minister or the law enforcement officers?” Did Chan have a problem with understanding the law or just had the intention to mislead the public.
“Chan should have a responsibility to the KK voters, to uphold integrity and accountability for his actions which will redound upon his political career. He may be out of job sooner than Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” Gee said.
With regard to the opening of borders, Gee said the Sabah government should have its own Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for border opening according to Sabah’s Covid affairs spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun who is also State Local Government and Housing Minister. NCR obviously has no legal authority to set any policy or give any direct order on this matter.