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Water Dept Director appointment: Opposition should stop questioning

10th August, 2018

KIULU: The opposition should stop questioning the rationale of appointing Amarjit Singh as Water Department Director as it was done to resolve the acute water supply problem in the state.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that the new director was appointed legally and within the law which has been a common practice.

“He is not being appointed as minister, just a department head on contract basis which is allowed. What are they (opposition) being noisy about when they have done a lot more when they were the government?

“I was in Barisan Nasional before so I know what they did,” he told a press conference at the state-level World Indigenous Peoples Day celebration here yesterday.

According to Shafie, the Water Department is facing a lot of problems currently and the existing officers are under Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation while the government needs experts to handle the department.

“The people need water, therefore we need administrator. For us, the person’s service is more important than his race, whether he is a Sikh or not. He has not even been convicted under the law,” he added.

Amarjit Singh’s appointment has drawn criticisms from the opposition who questioned his credibility as well as Parti Warisan Sabah’s (Warisan) promise of pursuing Borneonisation. –By Eric Bagang

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