Sabah BN Govt owes an explanation
KINABALU, July 24, 2012: Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) said the current
State Barisan Nasional (BN) Government's haste to vacate the land where
the Courthouse sits had raised doubts on the future of the area.
SAPP Information Chief Chong Pit Fah said the BN Government also must have
a motive behind it and as such obliged to tell the stakeholders its future
plan for the area.
He said the plan to move the Courthouse temporarily to Wisma Khidmat
fuelled speculations that the Courthouse land might be developed into
Pit Fah said Wisma Khidmat is currently experiencing extensive renovation
and to be converted it into a temporary Courthouse.
He said the haste to shift the Courthouse to Wisma Khidmat certainly
raised doubts since the construction of the new permanent Courthouse at
Bukit Punai has yet to take off.
He added that the State BN Government should also explain to the people
where the funds to renovate the Wisma Khidmat come from.
"Is it came from the State coffers or the Federal coffers," Pit Fah asked
adding the State BN Government ought to reveal it because public funds
"Under the Kota Kinabalu Draft Local Plan 2012-2020 the land where the
current Courthouse sits had already been changed to commercial compared to
previously when it was marked as government land.
"The status of the land, which currently housed the State Library, the
Women and Children Clinic have also been similarly changed," he said.
Pit Fah said it seems that the current Sabah BN leaders are in haste to
vacate the area in question and pave the way for mega commercial projects
at those four pieces of lands.
He said the State Library have been vacated for some time now and the plan
to move the Courthouse to its temporary site at Wisma Khidmat fuelled
worries that high value government lands are being taken for commercial
He added that the decision to change those four pieces of land from
government land into commercial areas as stated under the Kota Kinabalu
Draft Local Plan 2012-2020 were carried out without the people's
Pit Fah added that by right the State BN Government should consult the
stake holders and get their feed backs before making such changes.
He said the State BN Government is also wasting public funds when the
operations of the State Library have been moved to Suria Shopping Mall.
He added that the State BN Government have yet to tell the public how much
funds have been drained out by renting spaces at the Suria Shopping Mall.
According to him, the State Library building has never been declared
unsafe and yet its operations were moved to Suria Shopping Mall.
Pit Fah went on saying that the State BN Government must be spending
millions of Ringgit of public funds in renovating the Wisma Khidmat, which
previously house a supermarket and the Ministry of Agriculture.
He added that he and a team from SAPP had inspected the renovation works
on Wisma Khidmat and found out that no signboard was erected.
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