KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged government officers under the new State government led by Parti Warisan Sabah to continue serving the people.
“Work for Sabah and the people not for Shafie or Warisan,” he said at the dinner with State department and agencies’ heads here at Perkasa Hotel here last night.
“You can respect us (Warisan) but your loyalty and service is for the people,” he said during the dinner, which acted as a preamble to today’s A Day With the Chief Minister programme at the Community Centre here.
Later in the morning at the Community Centre here Shafie in his speech said since he knew many people in the interior areas did not have the luxury to go to Kota Kinabalu, let alone having the chance to meet him so he decided to come and meet the people instead.
“I brought all my officers as well as all the state and federal government agencies to Keningau so that we can try to solve whatever problems faced by the people here,” he said.
The programme here was the second after the inaugural Hari Bersama Ketua Menteri in Semporna.
On another note, Shafie responded to criticisms that the new Federal and State governments were not making changes as promised.
He said it was not fair to criticise the new governments, which has not even reached six months old.
He also admitted that to change the mindset that has been moulded for 60 years by the old regime was not going to be easy.
“It is very hard to change this and realigned it with the mould that the people wanted,” he said, adding the 14th General Election the people have spoken.
He also commented on the issues being raised by irresponsible quarters that there was no need to follow directive of the Warisan-led State government before the verdict on Tan Sri Musa Aman’s challenge to Shafie’s appointment as Chief Minister on Oct 26.
The rumours being spread was that Musa would be upheld by the Court on Oct 26 as the rightful Chief Minister.
But, Shafie said it would be impossible for a person with a lesser majority in the State Legislative Assembly to become Chief Minister.
“However, I dont want to say much about it and let the Court decide on it,” he said.
Afterwards, Shafie together with Rural Development Minister Ewon Benedick personally met the people to hear their cases and help to find solutions
He also visited the mobile courts at the compound of the Community Centre, which was led personally by the Chief Justice, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.-SabahNewsToday