KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans, particularly in the rural areas, would not have any water or electricity supply problems by now if Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, as the former rural and regional development minister, had properly managed the infrastructure projects, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Rahman said the former minister should not cover his own weaknesses by implicating others and diverting the people’s attention from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation on him.
“He should not use parliamentary immunity to accuse Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman or other parties,” he told reporters here today.
He was commenting on the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president’s attempt to link the Sungai Intan water treatment plant project in Semporna, which is being investigated by MACC, with Musa.
Rahman said the ministry, then under Shafie, did not let the state government know about its plans in Sabah, prompting the chief minister to raise the matter with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the federal leadership.
“This matter has become so obvious not because he (Shafie) was being investigated, but because many people have been questioning the ministry’s projects during his time.
“If the ministry had been functioning well then, there would not be any problems with water or electricity supply by now,” he said.
Shafie was earlier remanded for seven days to assist MACC investigations into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in rural development funds.
The Semporna MP was released on RM80,000 deposited bail of RM100,000 with two local sureties. – Bernama