KOTA KINABALU 17/11/2012: STAR Sabah chairman Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said Minister in the Prime Minister (Tan Sri) Mohamed Nor Yakop last revealed the poverty numbers on Sabah during the recent session of Parliament.
“The salient point that comes to mind from Nor Mohamed’s statement is that Nabawan, with a 70 per cent poverty rate, is the poorest place in Malaysia,”
Jeffrey claimed other places in Sabah are not far off and this includes Pitas which, at one time, had the dubious distinction of being the poorest place in Malaysia.
He said Nor Mohamed’s statement in Parliament tallies with the contents of the World Bank Report released in December 2010 at the Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort in Kota Kinabalu.
The report, based on figures from the Economic Planning Unit and the respective State Planning Units in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, confirmed that Sabah and Sarawak were the poorest and second poorest states respectively in Malaysia, he said.
Jeffrey claimed that in Sabah’s case, the problem is compounded by the fact that the impoverished hordes from the Philippines in particular and Indonesia are entering our official figures on poverty by way of continuing to obtain MyKads via the backdoor.
He said the dubious MyKad situation has even led the World Bank to warn in an earlier Report that “Sabah was chasing its tail in poverty eradication”.
Jeffrey said Sabah needs to regain control over fast depleting oil and gas resources.
“The Federal Government should only handle defence, foreign affairs and national economic planning when it comes to Sabah and Sarawak, and we can take care of the rest.
“The National Cabotage Policy should be abolished. All these steps coupled with the resolution of MyKads issued dubiously to illegal immigrants are the keys to alleviating the poverty situation in Sabah,” he said.