Akhbar Atas Talian No 1 Borneo

Provide concrete evidence of a cabinet decision endorsing the establishment of JKDM in Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: Those advocating for the resignation of  Datuk Ewon Benedick, the Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives, ought to grasp the fundamental principle of collective responsibility among cabinet members.

In a statement, United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) Secretary General Datuk Nelson Anggang said, this principle dictates that once a decision is reached by the cabinet, all members must publicly support it, irrespective of any personal reservations they may have initially held.

Therefore, before demanding his resignation, it is crucial to ascertain whether there was indeed a cabinet decision regarding the establishment of the Madani Village Development Committees (JKDM) in Sabah.

Do these critics possess concrete evidence confirming the existence of a cabinet decision supporting the formation of JKDM in Sabah?

Datuk Ewon has clarified that no such decision was made by the cabinet; rather, he emphasized the necessity of first engaging in discussions and negotiations with the Sabah government on this matter.

Datuk Joniston Bongkuai has also raised concerns about the establishment of JKDM in Sabah, given its potential overlap with the existing Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK).

Nelson said,”Therefore, since there is no decision on the setting up of the JKDM in Sabah, then collective responsibilities does not arise and to challenge Datuk Ewon to resign shows the ignorance of these people demanding for it.”

These leaders have argued that opposing the establishment of JKDM is akin to rejecting opportunities to secure more development funds for Sabah.

” Certainly, we all welcome any allocation of funds from the Federal government to benefit Sabah.However, the critical point at hand pertains to how these funds are managed and by whom, as this will shape the decision-making process and strategic plans moving forward.”

This discussion circles back to the underlying purpose behind the amendment of the Local Government Ordinance: to grant Sabah the autonomy to govern its own affairs effectively.

“I urge these vocal leaders to adopt a broader perspective and consider the long-term implications. The legislation and policies that led to the amendment of the local government ordinance not only support the current Sabah government but also lay the groundwork for any future Sabah administrations,” Nelson stated.

 

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