RMK10 Sabah Delivery System part 2


The JPPS arrangement, perhaps from the Federal government’s perspective is proper to manage the opposition held states.  Similar steps were implemented in two other opposition held states – Terangganu and Kelantan.

In the case of Terangganu this arrangement was reversed once the state is recaptured by the Barisan government.  The situation was similar in Sabah in 1994, but the roles of JPPS continued to 2008 when it was finally reversed after an incident where the Barisan Members of Parliament confronted the Director of JPPS over their dissatisfaction.

The Federal response in Terangganu was immediate compared to Sabah which takes 14 years for Federal government to realize their mistakes. Obviously this was done on purpose, just to show that Sabah is impatient, aggressive and mainly cowboys.  But after tolerating for 14 years and repeated appeals just fell on deaf ears – that is stretching Sabahans tolerance too far.

This clearly shows that even after the Barisan government regain its control over Sabah in 1994, the roles and functions of the JPPS was entrenched and enhanced instead readjusted where the state delivery system is allowed to carry out their role as in prior to 1986.

In addition to the confusion over the development role of the JPPS, the Sabah state government is further weaken under the Chief Minister’s rotation introduced by the then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammed.  In this system each of the Barisan components in Sabah is given an opportunity to become the Chief Minister for a 2 years term.

Whatever was the reason for promoting the system, the experiment further devastated the Sabah economy but most importantly it was illegal and unconstitutional.  Not enough in insulting the Malays in Malaya, stripping the Malaya rulers of their powers, Mahathir wanted to test his powers to include Sabah by undermining the Sabah Constitutions, the Tuan Yang Terutama, and the State Legislative Assembly.  The reason being he is able to put a person from Pahang as the TYT for Melaka.

The system continues until after the 2004 General Election.  The euphoria in the aftermath of the massive support given by the people in the General Election to the new leadership, the Chief Minister’s rotation was formally abolished.

Mahathir was no more the Prime Minister but most importantly, some parties have taken the initiative to bring the Chief Minister’s rotations to court.

Unfortunately before the court can decide, the initiative was withdrawn because the Chief Minister’s rotation was scrapped right after the 2004 general election.  Otherwise it will be interesting to see  the Prime Minister’s legal power over Sabah.

As asserted by the Sabah Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary in the eve of his retirement, Sabah was practically bankrupt because of the Chief Minister’s rotation.

This is the extent that the Federal government under Mahathir is willing to do to Sabah to tame Sabah so that Sabah will do his bidding instead of the fulfilling the aspirations of the people.

Abdullah Badawi is the most mis-understood Prime Minister; in 2004 he introduces the National Mission under the RMK9.  The National mission was the foundation to Decentralized Economic Planning in Malaysia.

This is the reason for introducing the Corridor Development Concept.  The idea was not new, it was introduced in RMK2 to support the NEP and the regions (corridors) were introduced in RMK4 (see Development Regions in Malaysia).

Mahatir when consolidating his powers as the Prime Minister, instituted Centralized Economic planning where the focus has been the Central Region or to be precise The Klang Valley.

In the next part, I shall be discussing about the ideas behind the National Mission and why it was scuttled prematurely by both the politicians as well as the Federal Delivery systems.  As the result, Bedawi term as the Prime Minister was shortened.

The examination and analysis will continue in Part 3 of this series. …….

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One Response to RMK10 Sabah Delivery System part 2

  1. loongchai20 says:

    Bro,
    This is the problem for us in Sabah, the Federal government is not sensitive to our needs. It takes Terangganu less than a year but it takes then 14 years, half a dozen CMs and a group of disgruntled MPs to make them open their eyes for Sabah. If they want Sabah to give them cooking oil, it takes them less than a day to decide. This is not the way to treat a partner, much less a state. I am sure someone out there will be shouting for my blood, because I am an ungrateful Sabahans. How long must we be treated this way?

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