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Assafal: Sabah parliamentarians urged to be more vocal

13th July, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah parliamentarians are called to bring forth the voices of Sabahans in the Dewan Rakyat sitting which is set to convene on Monday.

Tungku Assemblyman Assafal Alian said it would be pointless if these representatives keep mum of the State’s needs when they should champion the rights of Sabahans.

“We hope our people’s representatives would voice out; there’s no use if they just simply sit and listen (during the sitting).

“Don’t just keep silent. We need to be vocal and say what we need to say.”

As a State assemblyman, he said, there is nothing more that he hoped for except for the voices of the people to be heard on the federal level.

“We want our bargaining power to be stronger this time,” he said to reporters when met at Sabah Art Gallery yesterday.

The 14th Parliament of Malaysia will meet for the first time on June 16 after a historic general election which saw Pakatan Harapan parties and its allies including Parti Warisan Sabah forming the new government.

Members of the parliament representing 222 constituencies will convene in the Dewan Rakyat to debate and scrutinize Bills and laws among others.

On another note, Assafal who is also Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment stated that the ministry is still investigating the video of sea gypsies fighting over food on a tourist boat in Semporna which went viral.

“We’re still validating whether it happened in the waters of Sabah because we have no proof that it happened here.”

Meanwhile, the ministry’s permanent secretary Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai stressed that tourists and tour operators were never encouraged to give any handouts to the sea gypsies for safety purposes.

He asserted that the matter is still being studied before further actions can be taken.

“We are investigating the issue; it is being investigated by Director of Sabah MOTAC (Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture).

“As of now, it’s still too early to draw conclusion.”

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